Update - Part I

Population awareness

We have added seminal passages on population to our website.

Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot

You can apply to become a distributor of free copies of a new book about population awareness, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot. It is being used in the Global Population Speak Out campaign.

The Wittgenstein Center for Demography and Global Human Capital has opened an online portal that allows users to view population, fertility rate and other projections covering countries throughout the world until the year 2100.

The number of women less than 18 years old becoming pregnant in England decreased to 24,306 in 2013 — a decrease of 13 per cent from 2012 and the lowest number since the government began keeping records about teenage pregnancies in 1969.

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Family planning & women's rights

Delivering contraceptives to people in remote villages in the developing world is not an easy task, as photographs recently taken for Pathfinder International show.

Pregnant teen

At least 15 million unwanted pregnancies worldwide could have been avoided last year by greater use of modern contraception, according to the World Health Organization.

In Turkey, some men are wearing miniskirts in a protest against violence against women.

Sex and Relationships Education in the United Kingdom is weak, according to the National Union of Students, which is calling for it to be statutory. The United Kingdom Parliament also is calling for improvements to be made.

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Environmental conservation

We will be promoting population concern to individuals taking part in the National Climate March on 7 March in London. If you are interested in helping, please register to participate.


China has imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports in response to an open letter calling for the country to help protect African elephants from poachers that was signed by our patron David Attenborough and other celebrities and conservationists.

Australia has lost 10 per cent of its native mammal species during the last two centuries, and many more species are now threatened, according to a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

São Paulo's serious drought may be caused by Amazonian deforestation, according to Greenpeace.

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Sustainable lifestyles

Gateway Women is offering advice, support and workshops for childless women.

Pope Francis I

The Pope has said that not having children is "selfish".

Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs until 8 March, is featuring a film celebrating products made by small-scale producers in developing countries.

An article published in the Ecologist indicates that new technology could make hydropower more commercially viable.

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Conservationist Fiona McKenzie has accepted an invitation to join our board.

Congratulations to Roy Wallis, the winner of our cartoon competition.

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