Population Matters Update - June 2015 Part I

Population awareness

We have added material to our website on population and sustainability for geography teachers.

Happy couple with their dog

A new website has been launched to host materials related to the Demographic Dividend, which is the increase in economic growth that can result from changes in a country’s age structure.

A new study examining the changing patterns of carbon-based intensity of well-being (CIWB) between 1990 and 2008 has been published. The study indicates that overall economic development increased CIWB, but there are disparities between countries that are members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and those that are not.

Plymouth University in the UK will host a population-related conference for postgraduate students in July. Register to attend before 15 June.

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Family planning & women's rights

A mother waits for family planning services

We have issued a briefing calling on the UK government to spend more on family planning aid.

A new study across West, Central and East Africa sheds light on regional differences in demographic trends. While factors affecting fertility rates are similar across the countries studied, important differences are revealed in the use of family planning and individual family size preferences.

Some doctors in Essex, UK, have been told to limit the number of vasectomies they can offer to one per year due to National Health Service budget cuts.

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Environmental conservation

Organic cornfield

The inaugural BBC Wildlife Magazine’s power list was published in the May issue, which featured three of our patrons — Chris Packham, Jane Goodall and Sir David Attenborough — on the cover.

Organic farms have been found to increase biodiversity in the surrounding area, a study by researchers at Swansea University has found. Proponents of organic farming have hailed this information as a potential contributor to both meeting food security needs and preserving wildlife diversity.

Fly the flag for Population Matters and lobby your MP on population and environmental sustainability at the Climate Coalition Rally in London on Wednesday 17 June. Any questions, please email our Campaign Coordinator, Elizabeth Wells. You can also register your attendance online.

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Sustainable lifestyles

Population Matters attended VegFestUK in May to speak to attendees about our work and sustainable living.

A couple prepares food

A recent study has ranked the 37 largest US food companies on the effectiveness of their water management. The study indicates that two-thirds do not evaluate water issues in their agricultural supply chains.

Almost 13 tonnes of water are used to manufacture one smartphone, according to a report commissioned by Friends of the Earth that examines the resources used to manufacture everyday items.

Tesla recently announced the launch of its new powerwall, which is aimed at solving energy storage problems. Since energy storage remains a vital aspect of the decarbonization puzzle, does this progress mark a new frontier?

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Thanks to those who responded to our appeal for speakers. As a result, we have expanded our panel from 21 to 67 members. Our Outreach Manager, Savannah Rose, will be in touch with those who responded shortly.

If you would like to be a book reviewer for us — and keep the books — do get in touch.

We have published our May 2015 quarterly progress report, our draft plan for 2015/16 and our organizational policies.

We are pleased to welcome Jill Rawlins to our board. Our intern Sam Alvis is leaving for a parliamentary role and Georgia Stevenson is joining us.


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