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  • “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...
  • A century of growth: latest UK population projections

    27 October 2017 COMMENT The latest projections for UK population growth by the Office for National Statistics show slower growth than anticipated in the last projections, made in 2015. However, they still show a UK population of more than 72 million in 2041 and more than 85 million in 2116. They foresee no peak in population growth. In a century, the UK's population will still be growing. read more...
  • “I hear a lot about it – but not like this”

    25 October 2017 Population Matters is launching a new video and campaign today, focusing on how the decisions we each make on family size can have a massive impact on our environment and all our chances for better lives. Presenting young people with the facts about population growth and its impact on our planet, it elicits some reactions of amazement and horror, and sees participants thinking again about the impacts of their own choices. read more...
  • Gap in access to family planning widens UN warns

    20 October 2017 The United Nations Population Fund published its annual state of world population report, Worlds Apart, this week. The report shows that women and girls in developing countries are experiencing greater inequality in accessing sexual and reproductive health care. Those hardest hit tend to be the poorest, youngest and least educated. read more...
  • Livestock, extinction . . . and population

    11 October 2017 Last week, Population Matters attended the landmark Livestock and Extinction conference in London. The conference examined the impact of intensive animal farming on the environment and vulnerable species. PM brought our Anthropocene campaign ambassador, Big Foot, to the event to stress the importance of population as a driver of food demand. read more...
  • NHS fails to adapt to population growth

    6 October 2017 The new Chief Inspector of Hospitals in England concludes that the NHS has not adapted to cope with population growth and demographic change and is therefore "not fit for the 21st Century". His comments follow a recent report into NHS bed numbers by leading health charities which noted the pressures of population growth. read more...
  • International Safe Abortion Day

    28 September 2017 September 28th marks International Safe Abortion Day; a day to celebrate advances in sexual and reproductive health and rights while also advocating for access to safe abortions worldwide. In the wake of the resurgence of the Global Gag Rule, this year’s International Safe Abortion Day is perhaps more important than ever. read more...
  • Progress but not a cure: bill to repeal Global Gag Rule

    15 September 2017 US Senate is to review a funding bill that could mitigate the effects President Trump’s Gag Rule has on women's sexual and reproductive health worldwide. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's amendment of a funding bill would restore funding cut by President Trump and permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule. read more...

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