Population Matters Update

Population awareness

A new report funded by the European Research Council provides population scenarios by age, sex and level of education for all countries to 2100.

Train station

Summary conclusions of our recent research on a number of issues have been published.

Have you ever wondered how the United Kingdom Office for National Statistics determines official population and migration statistics? Read about the methodology and background information used.

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Family planning & women's rights

Leaders of the world's major religions have called on the United Nations and Member States to "ensure that sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights (are) made central to the post-2015 sustainable development agenda".

Pope Francis

The Catholic Church's ban on artificial contraception has been a source of contention within the Church since the ban came into force in 1968. Will the current Extraordinary Synod help to bring about reforms?

Numerous commitments about reproductive health have been made throughout the world during the last decade. Supply Promises provides information about them to ensure that they are not forgotten.

Unlike many other reproductive health schemes, a three-year, integrated campaign by DSW to improve the health and livelihoods of women in East Africa acknowledged the importance of family planning education. Almost 50 per cent of participants are now using contraception regularly as a result.

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Environmental conservation

A new report published by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust indicates that an elephant is worth 76 times more alive than dead — $1.6 million in ecotourism opportunities vs. $21,000 in ivory.

Chinese sturgeon

The Chinese sturgeon is believed to have lived in the Yangtze river for more than 140 million years, but has now been brought to the brink of extinction by pollution and dozens of dams.

Also on the decline are the United Kingdom's wading birds, including the ringed plover, redshank, dunlin, curlew and oystercatcher. Climate change is believed to be responsible.

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Sustainable lifestyles

The Sustainable World Initiative is calling for natural resource accounting in their new short film The Global Sustainability Challenge.

Wind turbines

A new European Commission report shows that, when health implications are considered, onshore windfarms provide cheaper energy than coal or gas.

Sustainable fashion designers are being invited to apply for inaugural Sustainable Clothing Action Plan Extending the Life of Clothes Design Awards. Extending a garment's wearability by just nine months could reduce its carbon, water and waste footprints by 20 to 30 per cent.

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