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News from Population Matters.

  • Can we meet our water needs?

    Population Matters will be taking part in the UN Water Conference in New York this week, to riase the critical linkahge between water and population.

  • 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.

  • Conspiracy chaos: coronavirus, Bill Gates, the UN and population

    Over recent years, a growing proportion of Population Matters’ website traffic has been driven by rather odd search terms including “Bill Gates depopulation”, “Agenda 2030 population control”, and “depopulation coronavirus…

  • Why vegans should promote smaller families

    Ever more people are adopting plant-based diets for the planet, which leads many to believe that our consumption of animal products must be decreasing. Sadly, the opposite is true, with demand for meat and dairy continuing to shoot upwards due to a rapidly expanding middle class.

  • Can the new global biodiversity deal do the job?

    One million species are at risk of extinction. A new international deal, the Global Framework on Biodiversity, seeks to end that crisis. We look at what the framework contains and what it doesn’t, and ask: will it work?

  • Happy Shopping?

    With the holiday season around the corner, life can seem like one big shopping spree at this time of year. But where does the compulsion to buy come from? In this guest blog, Clinical Psychologist Dr Vikki Barnes explores the science behind why it feels good to shop and how we can replicate that feeling with other activities.

  • 8 billion people in the news

    We’re not sure the population issue has ever been quite so front-and-centre in the media as it was on 15 November this year, the day the 8 billionth human alive…

  • Only connect: population & planet

    Three critical events are taking place this month; the COP27 climate talks in Egypt, the International Conference on Family Planning in Thailand, and on Tuesday, 15 November – the symbolic…

  • Do We Really Have Eight Billion Opportunities?

    8 billion strong, 8 billion possibilities, 8 billion innovators. That’s the messaging coming from the UN in recent weeks as we edge towards 8 billion people on the planet. But…

  • 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…