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  • More than half of all tree species could face extinction

    A comprehensive new assessment of the conservation status of all trees reveals that 30-60% of species are at risk of extinction, mainly due to habitat destruction for agriculture. Vanishing forests…

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    The Sahel: Empowering women key to averting disaster

    The Sahel region of Africa is on a dangerous trajectory of rapid population growth and catastrophic climate warming. Empowering women in this area is key to saving and improving countless…

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    “Code red for humanity”: UN climate report

    A major UN climate report was published last week, providing a dire warning about the worsening climate crisis. With the UN Secretary-General calling it a “code red for humanity”, the…

  • Heading towards collapse: two major warnings

    Updates to two landmark environmental studies were published in recent weeks: one examines the accuracy of the Club of Rome’s predictions in their bestselling 1972 book ‘Limits to Growth’, the…

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    Earth Overshoot Day: No Plan(et) B

    Today is Earth Overshoot Day, the date on which humanity has used up all the natural resources the Earth can regenerate within a year. Despite urgent calls to avoid a…

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    New global plan to save species must tackle population

    Last week, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity published the latest draft of its Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, the international plan to combat global biodiversity loss and ensure that by…

  • Indian policy risks return to the dark ages of population ‘control’

    On World Population Day, 11 July, the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh released a worrying new draft population policy that would include incentives for sterilisation and punishment for couples who…

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    World Population Day: Celebrating Change Champions

    To mark World Population Day 2021 on 11 July, Population Matters gave awards to individuals and organisations across the globe for their effective and brave work promoting reproductive rights, defending…

  • Choice Matters: Our new manifesto

    Choice matters, in more than one way. That is why we’ve launched a new Choice Manifesto allowing people from across the world to commit to celebrating small families and helping…

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    Bill Ryerson: We can bring birth rates down fast

    Is it really easier and quicker to reduce fertility rates (the number of children per woman) than greenhous gas emissions, and what role does entertainment media play in achieving a…