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  • Population news from around the globe

    Population news from around the globe

    With the birth of the planet’s 8 billionth person just around the corner (15 November), conversations around population growth are becoming ever harder to ignore. The facts are striking; half…

  • Nature needs a helping hand

    Nature needs a helping hand

    The Living Planet Report was jointly released today by WWF and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), revealing that on average wildlife populations have dropped 69% since 1970, a stark…

  • The core of the problem: consumption

    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

    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

    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 – 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…

  • As progress continues to falter, how do the SDGs get back on track?

    As progress continues to falter, how do the SDGs get back on track?

    The UN’s Sustainable Development Report – updated annually and now in its 7th iteration – details the progress made against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals which aim to achieve decent…

  • The work of Na’leb’ak – local change-makers in Guatemala

    The work of Na’leb’ak – local change-makers in Guatemala

    Na’leb’ak is a team of local change-makers that empowers girls and engages communities about family planning in rural indigenous Guatemala. A past Empower to Plan partner, Na’leb’ak received a £5,500 grant from Population Matters,…

  • UN: 2.4bn more people but is end of growth in sight?

    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…

  • Too fast, too slow, just right? The UN’s 2022 population projections

    Too fast, too slow, just right? The UN’s 2022 population projections

    Published today, the long-awaited United Nations global population projections are causing plenty of debate. Should we worry about too many people or too few? Do they mean salvation or catastrophe,…