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  • Is the Pope heeding warnings about population?

    Is the Pope heeding warnings about population?

    According to an unconfirmed report, Pope Francis has urged people to have fewer children in order to address environmental concerns. However, the Catholic Church’s opposition to artificial contraception remains in…

  • Challenging the Global Gag Rule

    Challenging the Global Gag Rule

    Population Matters is supporting a range of international efforts to defend family planning following the Trump administration’s ban on overseas aid for organisations providing abortion or information about it. Please…

  • President Trump reinstates ‘Global Gag Rule’

    President Trump reinstates ‘Global Gag Rule’

    On 23 January 2017, family planning services worldwide received a blow when President Trump reinstated and expanded, the ‘Global Gag Rule’. The policy stipulates that no US overseas aid money…

  • 18 million Chinese babies since end of one child policy

    18 million Chinese babies since end of one child policy

    The Chinese government has released figures for births in 2016, the first full year since the end of the country’s one child policy. The 18m number is 7.9% above the number…

  • Chris Packham speaks out on impact of population

    Chris Packham speaks out on impact of population

    Placeholder lead Population growth is stifling our green and pleasant land by Population Matters patron Chris Packham The Times published an edited version of this article on 9 January 2017. Here…

  • Panic and pragmatism: population in Korea and Japan

    Panic and pragmatism: population in Korea and Japan

    South Korea’s official statistics agency has just announced that it expects the country’s population to shrink by 8 million over the next 50 years. Currently around  50 million, the agency…

  • 30 million more women accessing contraception than in 2012

    30 million more women accessing contraception than in 2012

    The FP2020 international family planning initiative has released its fourth annual progress report. The global programme seeks to have 120 million more women able to access modern contraception than in 2012. Now…

  • WWF: we are facing the next global mass extinction

    WWF: we are facing the next global mass extinction

    The 2016 Living Planet report published by WWF today pulls no punches in describing the devastation to our natural world caused by human activity. The report calculates that by 2020 populations of…

  • State of Nature report overlooks population growth impact

    State of Nature report overlooks population growth impact

    On September 14th, more than 50 nature conservation and research organisations published the 2016 State of Nature report. The report found evidence of significant losses in biodiversity in the UK but overlooked the…

  • Teen pregnancy rates continue to fall

    Teen pregnancy rates continue to fall

    The Family Planning Association (FPA) has recently reported on the latest teenage pregnancy figures from the Office for National Statistics, which recorded a 6.4 per cent decrease in teenage pregnancies in England and Wales…