Update - Part II

Population awareness

Malcolm Potts

We're delighted to welcome leading United States academic Malcolm Potts as a patron. Malcolm is a Cambridge-trained obstetrician and reproductive scientist who has been instrumental in introducing methods of family planning to many developing countries.

The population of the United Kingdom's capital city, London, has hit an all-time high, with statisticians stating that it is now more than 8.6 million.

Japan's population decreased by a record 268,000 last year. Despite this, the country remains one of the most densely populated in the world.

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Family planning & women's rights


In India, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has written to all States telling them to ensure that women opting for family planning are aware of all of the options available to them. The Ministry is clamping down on sterilisation "camps" following the deaths of 13 women in one of them in Chhattisgarh State.

There are fears that the Catholic Church may be looking to curtail female sterilization at Catholic-sponsored hospitals in the United States. The procedure is the second-most popular form of family planning in the country.

Just £25 can help to fund a family planning workshop for five men in Kenya. The project is supported by Christian Aid.

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Environmental conservation

Rhinoceros mother and baby

Defaunation in the Anthropocene is examined in a new article in Science magazine.

More than 22,000 species are deemed at risk of extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. According to a recent article in the journal Nature, "Before human populations swelled to the point at which we could denude whole forests and wipe out entire animal populations, extinction rates were at least 10 times lower".

The Japan Meteorological Agency has announced that 2014 was the hottest year in more than 120 years of record-keeping — by far. The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration is expected to make a similar announcement shortly.

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Sustainable lifestyles

Crowd of people

The United Nations is asking people what matters most to them. "Political freedoms", "equality between men and women" and "action taken on climate change" are amongst the choices, but "sustainable populations" is not. You can put your own priority forward...

Advocates for increasing population often talk of the need for more workers, yet in the United Kingdom alone, an estimated 1.2 million over-50s are unemployed and "willing to work". A trial commencing in April will aim to assist workers in that age category back into the workforce.

We apologise for an error in our last issue. We said a 1 per cent increase in global population could lead to an increase in average temperature of 2 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, the Center for Economic and Policy Research found that "an additional 1 per cent point of population growth through 2100 may coincide with an additional 2 degrees Fahrenheit in temperature".

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