Update - Part I
 

Population awareness

Population Matters seasonal greeting cards do a good job of getting our point about population growth across, according to The Week.

Crowd of people

Just a 1 per cent increase in global population could lead to an increase of 2 degrees Fahrenheit in average global temperature, according to a new research paper by the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

New data released by the Population Reference Bureau reveal that the fertility rate of some countries is actually increasing.

Compare the average family size of different generations in the United Kingdom.

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Family planning & women's rights

The United Nations General Assembly has condemned child, early and forced marriages and is planning to take steps to end them.

Woman

When surveyed, more than half of the Members of the European Parliament agreed that women's and girls' rights are a development priority.

We mourn the loss of Dr Tim Black, founder of Marie Stopes International, which provides family planning services to more than 100 million people across 38 countries.

CHASE Africa is looking for a runner for the upcoming London Marathon to raise funds for camel-based mobile clinics that provide vital access to basic healthcare and family planning services.

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Environmental conservation

Population Matters has joined the European Environmental Bureau, which focuses on influencing European Union policy making and implementation "to ensure the EU secures a healthy environment and rich biodiversity for all".

Population Matters members attended the Act for Nature rally in London on 9 December.

Elephant

We are facing a mass extinction, with 41 per cent of amphibian species, 26 per cent of mammal species and 13 per cent of bird species likely to be lost in the near future, according to a report recently published in Nature.

Environmental organizations have been scathing in their response to the Lima climate change talks accord, saying the proposals are nowhere near enough.

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Sustainable lifestyles

Population Matters has responded to the United Nations Synthesis Report of the Secretary-General on the Post-2015 Agenda.

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Some Catholic bishops are calling for an end to the use of fossil fuels "to overcome the climate challenge and to set us on new sustainable pathways".

Future Earth, which brings some of the world's premier scientists together to work towards sustainable development, has announced what the organization sees as the key sustainability challenges. Yet again, tackling increasing population is not seen as a priority.

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