Population Matters Newsletter

Population awareness

The General Assembly of the United Nations is discussing population and development.

Crowd of youth

The latest issue of International Area Studies Review focuses on the dynamics of political demography.

"I could fly to New York (from London) and back every day for seven years and still not leave a carbon footprint as big as if I have a child." - Lungs, a new play by Duncan Macmillan. Population is also referenced in Utopia on UK television and Urinetown: The Musical in London's West End.

Robin Hodgson, a member of the UK House of Lords, is looking for a researcher for a pamphlet on population.

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Family planning & women's rights

Sexual Health Week in the UK is 15 - 21 September; 26 September is World Contraception Day; and the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion is 28 September.

Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her second child. Let's hope they stop there, as her husband has suggested they might.

Writer John McKeown is fundraising for a book on religion and pronatalism in the United States.

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Environmental conservation

Greenhouse gas levels are rising at the fastest rate in 30 years.

Tibetan farmer and animals

The impact of climate change is growing significantly worse in Tibet. So, too, is the amount of pollution being caused by a rapidly growing population.

Climate change is causing a decline in the number of wading birds in the UK and threatening to bring about the extinction of half of all North American bird species.

Gresham College in London will be offering a series of lectures about environmental issues in coming months.

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Sustainable lifestyles

Dan O'Neill, chief economist at the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, recently gave a TEDxOxbridge talk called The Economics of Enough.

Man holding an umbrella

A new United Nations report entitled Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience, states that "vulnerability threatens human development, and unless it is systematically addressed by changing policies and social norms progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable."

A research paper entitled Is Global Collapse Imminent?, which updates Limits to Growth, a book about exponential economic and population growth, has just been published by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.

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We mourn the loss of David Nicholson-Lord, who played a leading role in promoting population concern in the United Kingdom.

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Kate Dagg and Cheryl Mills have been appointed editors of, respectively, our magazine and journal.

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