Population Matters Update - Part II

Population awareness

Global population is not evenly distributed, as this world map scaled according to population size rather than land mass demonstrates. Australia has almost disappeared...


We have given some advice on how employers can help to encourage sustainable behaviour and small family size.

A new poll of scientists in the United States suggests that over 80 per cent regard population growth as a major challenge. The poll also indicates that nearly 60 per cent of the US public are concerned that there will not be enough food and resources to accommodate a growing world population.

Several new resources are now available on our website, including briefings on prosperity, well-being, ageing and fertility and the health service, to support our general election activity. In addition, our Overshoot Index, which assesses the extent to which a country can support itself from its own renewable resources, has been reordered by absolute population overshoot.

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Family planning & women's rights

Malawi has taken a stand against child marriage with the introduction of a new law setting the minimum age of marriage at 18.

Young women

You can access up-to-date information about reproductive health and family planning aid policies in individual European countries and the European Union at the Countdown 2015 Europe website.

More than 40 per cent of 13- to 17-year-old English girls have been subjected to sexual coercion, according to the Universities of Bristol and Central Lancashire.

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Environmental conservation

The World Resources Institute has warned that the number of people affected by river flooding worldwide could nearly triple in the next 15 years. In contrast, parts of the United States could be at risk of “mega-droughts” lasting more than a decade.

Population Matters at the People's Climate March

Population Matters members participated in the People's Climate March in London on 7 March.

An increasing number of British insects are in danger of extinction due to pollution and habitat loss, with many species of invertebrate already extinct.

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Sustainable lifestyles

What do Leonardo Da Vinci and Frank Sinatra have in common? Each of them was an only child, as were many of history’s most successful musicians, artists, actors and politicians.


Drammen, Norway is using innovative water-source heat pumps to provide heating for local businesses and about 65,000 residents, saving approximately €2 million and avoiding 1.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Population Matters is opposed to across-the-board subsidies of larger families except in cases of need, so we are gratified to see that the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom is considering limiting child benefit to three children.

If you live in the United Kingdom, find out how planning development is being managed in your area, and have your say.

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Have you taken our population quiz? When you've tackled that one, have a go at our sustainability quiz too.

If you would like to support our policy goals by contacting candidates ahead of the United Kingdom’s upcoming general election, we have several resources to assist you.

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