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  • Reflections on COP26

    Reflections on COP26

    The crucial UN climate summit in Glasgow, COP26, finished on Saturday 13 November. How much did it achieve and how did it deal with the population issue and neglected, positive…

  • Talking population at the UN climate conference

    Talking population at the UN climate conference

    From 5-10 November, Population Matters attended the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, known as COP26, in the chilly, wet climes of Glasgow. Postponed from last year due…

  • COP26: Why population matters

    COP26: Why population matters

    A crucial UN climate conference (COP26) is taking place in Glasgow over the next few days. One factor unlikely to be on the agenda is human population growth. Whilst the…

  • A Booming Success: Population Matters’ 2021 Conference

    A Booming Success: Population Matters’ 2021 Conference

    On 8th October, Population Matters hosted Boom or Bust, our online and in-person conference addressing the intersection of population and economics, with a focus on how societies can flourish with…

  • The Sahel: Empowering women key to averting disaster

    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…

  • “Code red for humanity”: UN climate report

    “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

    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…

  • Earth Overshoot Day: No Plan(et) B

    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…

  • Happy birthday, but more to do before we blow out the candles

    Happy birthday, but more to do before we blow out the candles

    We’ve been committed to raising the profile of population and our collective impact on Earth since 24 July 1991, and though a cynic might consider it counter-intuitive for us to celebrate, that…

  • Bill Ryerson: We can bring birth rates down fast

    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…