Population Matters Update - September 2015 Part I

Population awareness

UNDESA has raised its population projections from those it issued in 2012. World population, currently 7.3 billion, is now expected to pass 11 billion by 2100.

Net migration to the UK is at an all-time high

Net migration to the UK is at an all-time high, reaching 330,000 in the 12 months to March 2015. Last week, the government announced more details of its proposed Immigration Bill.

Britain has more four-child families than most other European countries.

Population Matters is launching its first London bus ads on 7 September.

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Family planning & women's rights

The 95th anniversary of women gaining the vote in the United States was on 26 August but, as continuing deaths of women's rights activists in Mexico show, the world still has a long way to go to reach gender equality.

A lack of accountability in sexual and reproductive health and HIV care in England is directly impacting patients

The Population Reference Bureau has issued its latest population datasheet, with a focus on women's empowerment.

A lack of accountability in sexual and reproductive health and HIV care in England is directly impacting patients, according to a report by UK parliamentarians.

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Environmental conservation

A US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report finds that July was Earth’s hottest month on record. Scientists say this is caused by climate change and the El Niño weather phenomenon.

Climate change will make food scarcity an increasing issue

A report by the Global Food Security program indicates that climate change will make food scarcity an increasingly pressing issue. Combine a changing climate with a growing demand for food from a growing population, and we have a real problem.

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Sustainable lifestyles

The UN report on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) omitted a key cause of failure: continued human population growth.

Population growth is not explicitly discussed in the Sustainable Development Goals

The MDGs will be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the end of 2015. Family planning and women’s rights play a key role in the SDGs, but population growth is not explicitly discussed.

“Advanced killing technology” and a propensity to kill species at many times the natural rate makes humans the ultimate superpredator. We are triggering extinctions, disrupting global food chains and causing an evolutionary shift towards smaller fish sizes.

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