Population Matters Update - August 2015 Part II

Population awareness

According to a new UN study, the world’s population is expected to increase to more than 11 billion by 2100. This is likely to cause increased pollution, resource scarcity, poverty, political unrest and numerous other serious problems.

The number of UK state secondary pupils is expected to increase by 20 per cent

Saturday, 11 July was World Population Day. Groups around the world used the Day to draw attention to the consequences of population growth.

In the UK, the number of pupils attending state-funded secondary schools is expected to increase by 20 per cent to more than 3.3 million by 2024, mainly as a result of an increase in the birth rate since 2002. In response, the government has allocated £10 billion to fund additional school places.

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Family planning & women's rights

The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation has published a study that indicates more than 11,000 “honour” crimes were committed in the UK in the past five years.

A lack of trained healthcare providers is a major barrier for many women seeking a safe abortion

A lack of trained healthcare providers is a major barrier for many women seeking a safe abortion. The World Health Organization hopes to change that with its new publication Health Worker Roles in Providing Safe Abortion Care and Post-Abortion Contraception.

For the first time in Britain, an abortion clinic has been forced to close as a result of antichoice protests. This has prompted a renewed call for buffer zones surrounding clinics.

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Environmental conservation

NASA researchers who recently conducted a study of global ocean temperatures have stated that “there is robust evidence of unabated global warming.”

New regulations aim to cut CO2 emissions from US power plants by a third

US President Barack Obama has announced new climate change regulations intended to cut carbon dioxide emissions from US power plants by nearly one-third by 2030 in comparison with 2005 levels.

Scottish government officials are planning later this year to renew a long-standing ban on growing genetically modified foods.

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Sustainable lifestyles

The International Displacement Monitoring Center has estimated that more than 19 million people worldwide were forced to flee their homes as a result of natural disasters during 2014.

Human health is directly linked to the health of the environment

A report by the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on planetary health suggests that human health is directly linked to the health of the environment and that our own actions threaten to destabilise Earth’s life-support systems.

Academics have found that technological innovation and a decrease in pollution have delayed a predicted population collapse, but humanity must address excessive consumption.

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