Update - Part II
 

Population awareness

Our chief executive Simon Ross has been quoted in a British national newspaper, The Times, as saying, "We need politicians to act to promote population stabilization — not simply to observe or even promote indefinite population growth."

People

Several new papers have been added to our website, including More People, Less Food by Diandian Chen.

Green Parties worldwide can find addressing population difficult — a member of one recently criticized its leadership for failing to do so.

The 880,000 extra United Kingdom school places needed by 2023 could cost £2 billion and push schools to breaking point.

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Family planning & women's rights

World Health Organization researchers recently found that the vast majority of the approximately 16.7 million unwanted pregnancies in 35 low- to middle-income countries surveyed could have been prevented if modern contraception had been used.

Pregnant girl

Teenage pregnancy is decreasing in most developed countries, but remains high in some — particularly the United States.

Investments in sexual and reproductive health are necessary to reach global health and development goals during the next 15 years, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

One of the scientists behind the oral contraceptive pill, Carl Djerassi, has died at the age of 91.

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Environmental conservation

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for countries to take a "low-carbon" approach to development in order to minimize climate change.

Amur Leopard

According to the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, the habitats of approximately half of Borneo's mammals will be reduced in size by at least one-third by the year 2080, putting many species at risk of extinction.

Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais in Brazil are experiencing their worst droughts since at least 1930.

Extreme weather events could double in frequency, according to a new study published in Nature Climate Change.

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Sustainable lifestyles

Research by a team of University of California anthropologists has revealed that we are living in "the most materially rich society in global history, with light-years more possessions per average family than any preceding society".

Wheat crop

A study of 27 resources essential for human well-being published in Ecology and Society indicates that most of them reached their peak rate of use between 1960 and 2010.

Car ownership in China has reached a record high, with more than 17 million new cars on the roads in 2014.

Abolishing child tax benefits and compensating low-income families would increase United Kingdom government revenues substantially, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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