Population Matters Update - Part II

Population awareness

What could shift the global economy from "more people consuming more" to "fewer people consuming less"? This was one of the questions discussed in the recent A Tale of Sex and Money: The 21st Century Population Challenge Issues St George's House consultation in which we participated.

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An iPhone and iPad application that displays current and future population sizes based on different scenarios has been released.

The United Kingdom All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health has announced that hearings on "population dynamics in the post-2015 world" will be conducted in 2015.

Uncrowded, a new United States-based organization, is promoting small families because they allow parents to invest more in each child.

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Family planning & women's rights

Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health 2014, a new report by the Guttmacher Institute and United Nations Population Fund, indicates that approximately 225 million women in developing countries want to avoid pregnancy, but are not using modern contraceptives.

Pregnant teenager

The rate of teenage pregnancy in the developed world is declining mainly due to increased use of contraceptives, but still high in some countries.

An article recently published in The Telegraph provides information about the possibilities for a male contraceptive pill.

The Sex Education Forum, which brings organizations in the United Kingdom together to promote Sex and Relationships Education, is campaigning for all schools in the country to be required to offer it.

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Environmental conservation

The giraffe is in danger of extinction in Africa, according to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. Illegal hunting and habitat destruction have reduced the giraffe population of Africa by approximately 40 percent during the last 15 years.

People in a park

The Wildlife Trusts and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds are calling for new laws to restore nature and increase access to it in the United Kingdom in order to improve people's well-being.

Neglecting the health of Africa's soil would lead to a cycle of food insecurity for generations to come, according to a new report by the Montpellier Panel.

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Sustainable lifestyles

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, is calling for radical reforms to reduce pollution in France's capital, including more pedestrianised areas, doubling the amount of cycle lanes and banning diesel cars.

Traffic jam

Air pollution is a "public health crisis" causing nearly as many deaths as smoking, according to a new report by the United Kingdom's Environmental Audit Committee.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has created a new agency — the Office of Sustainability — and named Clinton White House veteran Nilda Mesa its first director.

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