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  • A hidden agenda? What population campaigners really want…

    16 January 2018 COMMENT Population concern often faces robust and sometimes hostile criticism - the latest in an opinion piece published in the UK's Sunday Times newspaper this week. Read about the criticisms - and the truth. read more...
  • UK’s new Environmental Plan misses the mark

    12 January 2018 The United Kingdom's Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a new 25-year Environmental Plan. Its goals are ambitious and welcome, but concerns have been raised that the plan itself is insufficiently robust and its timetable too long. The Environmental Plan recognises population growth as a challenge but fails to consider or offer policy measures to tackle it.  read more...
  • Imams support family planning in Senegal

    9 January 2018 ARTICLE Public health officials and NGOs in Senegal turn to mosques to expand the provision of family planning. Since 2011 the number of married women using modern contraceptives has doubled from 12 per cent to about 23 per cent. While religion is not the only factor influencing contraceptive use, gaining support from religious leaders has proven vital. read more...
  • 2017: progress, challenges and Big Foot

    26 December 2017 COMMENT 2017 has been a busy year for Population Matters, with the launch of new campaigns and our Small Families, Small Planet video. Our campaign mascot, Big Foot, stimulated debate wherever he appeared and Population Matters was featured in many media stories. Perhaps most importantly, there are promising signs that the population "taboo" - unwillingness to talk about population - is no longer preventing vital discussion of the issue. read more...
  • Progress in family planning – but a long road ahead

    12 December 2017 Last week, the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) initiative released its annual report. The project is intended to enable 120 million additional women and girls in the world's poorest countries to use modern contraception by 2020. The report notes a 30 per cent increase in users, just over half the number the project had hoped to reach at this stage. read more...
  • Not forgetting the men…

    4 December 2017 COMMENT A number of scientific and family planning initiatives are now focussed on male contraception. While the emphasis remains on providing access and empowerment for women to control their family size, lack of progress in the development of new male contraceptives and resistance to contraceptive use among men are now being recognised as essential too. read more...
  • Hatches and dispatches: fewer births and deaths in 2016

    24 November 2017 Recent official figures show a slight decline in number of births in the UK in 2016 and a small fall in the number of deaths. Meanwhile, a report in the US details falling birth rates there, in particular among younger women. It finds "millennials" less likely to have children, and less interested in having them, than any generation before. read more...
  • “Time is running out”: 15,000 scientists demand action

    15 November 2017 15,000 scientists have signed up to an open letter warning that action is urgently required to prevent environmental disaster. In their "warning to humanity", they report that environmental problems have worsened since a group of eminent scientists produced a similar warning in 1992. Critically, they also identify population growth as the "primary driver" of the current crisis. read more...
  • Should greens back immigration controls?

    10 November 2017 COMMENT PM patron Jonathan Porritt and fellow green campaigner Colin Hines have today issued a paper arguing that the green movement and supporters of progressive politics are wrong to perceive immigration as a "right wing" issue. Population Matters endorses their call for a constructive debate, and their argument that limits to net migration in the UK can advance the social justice and environmental agendas. read more...
  • Are we heading for 3 degrees hotter?

    3 November 2017 The United Nations has warned that unless a greater commitment is made to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the "target" of a rise in global temperature of no more than 2 degrees will be missed. Without action, temperatures may rise by 3 degrees, with catastrophic effects, including sea level rises displacing hundreds of millions of people. read more...

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