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  • 16bn or 7.3bn in 2100? New UN figures say both possible

    The United Nations has today released new projections for global population growth up until 2100. Issued every two years, the projections for 2017 show slight increases over those produced in…

  • Report: Population key to controlling climate change

    Analysis undertaken for a comprehensive new plan to reverse global warming, Drawdown, has identified family planning and educating girls as among the top 10 workable solutions available today. Together, they would…

  • Sydney hits 5 million as Australia continues to grow

    Australia’s two biggest cities – Melbourne and Sydney – account for more than half of the country’s population growth, new statistics for 2015-16 show. With Melbourne now its fastest growing city, sprawling…

  • 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

    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’

    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

    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

    The Times published an edited version of this article on 9 January 2017. Here is the piece in full.  Population growth is stifling our green and pleasant land by Population Matters…

  • 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

    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…