Population Matters Update

Population awareness

English environmentalist and television presenter Bill Oddie has spoken out against large families, saying, "Overpopulation is what you are talking about here — the big problem".

Small family

"Fertility below replacement (level) would maximize per capita consumption", according to a new report by National Transfer Accounts.

In the United Kingdom, raising a child from birth to secondary school age costs an average of £84,000, according to a report recently issued by Halifax.

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Family planning & women's rights

This year's BBC National Short Story Award has gone to Population Matters patron Lionel Shriver, who has been very open about her own decision not to have children and the pressure she sees placed on people to reproduce.


A new report by the Guttmacher Institute and International Planned Parenthood Federation looks at the lack of adequate sexual and reproductive healthcare for young people in 30 developing countries.

The Universal Access Project has produced a set of briefing cards on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) that examines the links between SRHR and environmental sustainability, gender equality, economic growth, educational attainment and broader health goals.

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Environmental conservation

A study recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that reducing the Earth's human population wouldn't be a "quick fix" for environmental problems.

Polar bear

European leaders have agreed to a broad climate change pact obliging the European Union as a whole to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 per cent by 2030.

A 20-year-old's ideas for ridding the oceans of floating plastic have scientists talking. Boyan Slat has already raised more than $2 million for his project, but some are concerned about the impact it would have on wildlife.

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Sustainable lifestyles

The United Nations recently held a workshop entitled Developing Government and Governance Capacities for Sustainable Development that was attended by senior government officials from approximately 20 countries.

Wind turbine

A new video on YouTube shows how energy production could change during the next century, vastly reducing the amount of food available.

Interstellar, a new science fiction film set only a few years in the future, portrays an environmentally ravaged Earth.

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