World population

The world’s population now exceeds 7.8 billion people. Our population is still growing by more than 80 million people every year and is likely to keep growing until the end of the century, unless we take action.

It took the human population until 1800 to reach 1 billion people – we now add a billion more every 12 to 15 years. Since 1970, our numbers have more than doubled.

Learn more about our numbers here.

See our latest news stories and blog posts about world population below.

Migrants walking in Croatia
14 December 2018

Making migration safe

The Global Compact for Safe and Orderly Migration was adopted by countries worldwide this week. It's a welcome and positive move, but does it address all the dangers?

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12 December 2017

Progress in family planning – but a long road ahead

Last week, Family Planning 2020 released its annual report. The project is designed to enable 120 more million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries to use modern contraception by 2020.

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How to feed the world without destroying it
7 December 2018

How to feed the world without destroying it

A new report investigates the enormous challenge of feeding our rapidly growing population without further damaging our environment and worsening climate change.

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11 November 2018

What do declining global fertility rates really mean?

A new study has highlighted how fertility rates have declined over the last generation. There are no significant surprises in the report but it emphasises again the progress that has been made and the vast differences that exist between countries. Its conclusion that fertility has declined significantly is very far from a confirmation that we need not worry about population.

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World Population Day Global Statement & Call to Action 

Twenty-six years ago, 1,700 of the world’s leading scientists urged humankind to curtail environmental destruction and improve our stewardship of the Earth, in order to attain a sustainable future. In 2017, the Alliance of World Scientists published a Second Warning to Humanity, supported by over 20,000 scientists in 184 countries, pointing to runaway consumption of limited resources by a still rapidly growing population

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Letter to Natural History Museum

We are writing to you as a group of concerned zoologists, natural historians and conservationists – who are also variously patrons, trustees or staff members of Population Matters, which advocates that both the factors of human population and consumption patterns need to be taken into account when considering the sustainable future of our planet.

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20 January 2017

Meet our new chief executive

In December, Robin Maynard started work at Population Matters as our Interim CEO. In this interview, he explains why he is here and what he hopes to achieve.

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Welcome to the Anthropocene Briefing

Illustrated four-page briefing detailing the impact of human population on the planet.

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2 November 2018

Meet our new President: Jonathon Porritt

One of UK’s most high profile environmental campaigners is to become the new President of Population Matters. Former Green Party leader and director of Friends of the Earth, Jonathon Porritt has been a vocal advocate for population issues and will champion Population Matters’ work in his new role.

 

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1 November 2018

Key WWF report fails to address overpopulation

WWF International’s latest report on the state of the world’s wildlife once again shies away from addressing the ‘elephant in the room’. As one of the world’s most influential and popular environmental organisations, WWF is failing in its duty to confront the main driver of species decline: unsustainable human population pressure.

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