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News from Population Matters.

  • Population growth and environmental destruction fuel deadly diseases

    Our growing population and resulting overexploitation of nature are facilitating the emergence and spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. Population Matters’ Communications Officer, Olivia Nater, investigates how relentless deforestation, habitat encroachment, wildlife trade, consumption…

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    UN report: World still largely hostile to girls

    Despite some progress over the past 25 years, girls under age 18 around the world continue to face unacceptable discrimination and violence driven by deeply entrenched gender inequality, according to…

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    Family planning services still falling behind population growth

    According to a new study, the number of women of reproductive age who wish to avoid pregnancy but who are not using any modern form of birth control is currently…

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    Which European countries spend the most on global family planning?

    A new report shows that Europe spent a total of 845 million Euros on global sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and family planning in 2018 – an overall increase of…

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    Chris Packham: we need to talk about population

    In a powerful BBC documentary broadcast this week, Population Matters patron Chris Packham examined the challenges of population growth, and made an impassioned plea for “the elephant in the room”…

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    Here’s why 2020 could be a ‘super-year’ for nature

    Despite the climate and biodiversity crises continuing to escalate, environmentalists are calling 2020 a ‘super-year’ for nature because of several upcoming international policy meetings that have the potential to set nature…

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    2019 Year in Review

    Placeholder lead PM director Robin Maynard reviews the year To steal Ervin Drake’s Christmas song made famous by Frank Sinatra, ‘It was a very good year’ for Population Matters. Our…

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    Larger population, larger people: humanity will require 80% more food by 2100

    A new study shows that increases in average human height and weight, alongside population growth, could cause global food demand to soar. The study, published in PLOS ONE, looked into…

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    Unmet needs: conversations with the women left behind

    Population Matters’ Director, Robin Maynard, summarises events at this month’s Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, and recounts his experience of meeting young women and their families in Africa’s largest slum and surrounding…

  • Time to talk population again

    This week, representatives from Population Matters will attend one of the most significant global meetings on population and development in recent years, the Nairobi Summit on ICPD 25.  They will…