News from Population Matters.
A planet of 8 billion and the future of humanity
The Journal of Population and Sustainability explores all aspects of the relationship between human numbers and environmental issues.
The core of the problem: consumption
At Population Matters, we’ve long intended to launch a campaign targeting overconsumption. At the heart of the environmental crisis that threatens all our futures are our excessive demands on the…
Population Matters sends “Fake News” award to Elon Musk
As we have previously reported, the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, has an increasing preoccupation with population. With his tweets and comments showing no sign of diminishing or becoming more…
Exploring the links between environment and human well-being
In June, Population Matters’ Researcher and Policy Adviser Monica Scigliano travelled to Finland to present a paper at the Planetary Futures of Health and Wellbeing conference. In this blog post,…
Earth Overshoot Day – what can we all do?
Earth Overshoot Day tells us that we are not just exhausting the resources of the planet on which we depend, but are accelerating the pace. Campaigner Maureen Medina looks at…
UN: 2.4bn more people but is end of growth in sight?
Three years after it last did so, the United Nations has today released its updated projections for global, regional and national population change up to 2100. Its key conclusion is…
Degrowth, the steady state economy and population
In a guest blog to mark Degrowth Day, Brian Czech, Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, discusses the limitations of the current economic…
Fat cats and fossil fuel companies: Who’s to blame for climate change?
The richest people drive climate change. But who are “the rich” and does that mean population doesn’t matter? We examine the evidence on climate equality.
The BBC on population: Re-treading a well-worn path
Human population dynamics, impacts and challenges are rarely raised or discussed in any depth on mainstream media. So the fact that the BBC gave over one of its flagship Radio…
Elon Musk is wrong: we need smaller families
Tech billionaire Elon Musk, who has just been named TIME’s person of the year, has once again urged people to have more babies, claiming that “population collapse” is the biggest…