Population Matters resource library

Population Matters has been conducting research and producing briefings and government submissions for more than 20 years. You can use this page to find resources on a wide variety of population and environmental subjects. Use the search filters below to refine your search, or browse more than 100 papers and documents. You can also find past editions of the Population Matters members' magazine

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Journal of Population and Sustainability

As part of our commitment to research in the field, Population Matters also publishes the editorially independent Journal of Population and Sustainability, exploring all aspects of the relationship between human numbers and environmental issues.

Journal of Population and Sustainability

POPULATION MATTERS ANNUAL REPORT 2018-19

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Population Matters Magazine Autumn 2019

Population Matters Magazine

Features World Population Day 2019, Population Declinism, an interview with Dr Edu Effiom and our new Empower to Plan project Jiwsi.

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Human population and the convention on biodiversity - briefing 2019

Briefings and submissions

A four page summary outlining the impact of human population on biodiversity, and options to address it within the Convention on Biodiversity

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Population Matters’ Submission to the UK National Food Strategy

Briefings and submissions

Population Matters’ submission of evidence to the UK Government's National Food Strategy, 25 October 2019.

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Population Matters - Vision and Values

Population Matters governance

The principles and values that guide our work.

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Population Matters - Second submission to Convention on Biodiversity consultation

Briefings and submissions

Population Matters' submission regarding the Synthesis of responses to the Convention on Biodiversity discussion paper - April 2019

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Population Matters Magazine Spring 2019

Population Matters Magazine

Our Patron Sir David Attenborough's speaks out on the need to slow population growth; and we ask: can we sustainably feed our growing population? 

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Population Matters letter to Rt Hon Michael Gove re Convention on Biodiversity

Briefings and submissions
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Population Matters' views on the preparation, scope and content of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Briefings and submissions

Population Matters’ response to Notification 2018-063: Invitation for views on the preparation, scope, and content of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

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Population Matters Annual Report 2017-18

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Population Matters Magazine Autumn 2018

Population Matters Magazine

Read an interview with our patron Leilani Munter, about our World Population Day mobile population counter and more.

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World Population Day Global Statement & Call to Action 

Twenty-six years ago, 1,700 of the world’s leading scientists urged humankind to curtail environmental destruction and improve our stewardship of the Earth, in order to attain a sustainable future. In 2017, the Alliance of World Scientists published a Second Warning to Humanity, supported by over 20,000 scientists in 184 countries, pointing to runaway consumption of limited resources by a still rapidly growing population

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Letter to Natural History Museum

We are writing to you as a group of concerned zoologists, natural historians and conservationists – who are also variously patrons, trustees or staff members of Population Matters, which advocates that both the factors of human population and consumption patterns need to be taken into account when considering the sustainable future of our planet.

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Welcome to the Anthropocene Briefing

Illustrated four-page briefing detailing the impact of human population on the planet.

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Response to Inquiry into Intergenerational fairness

Briefings and submissions

Intergenerational fairness is a welfare issue because the functioning of the welfare state relies on an intergenerational social contract.

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Response to the Domestic Implementation of the SDGs Inquiry of the Environmental Audit Committee

Briefings and submissions

The Government should consider population stabilisation policies to enable the successful implementation of the SDGs

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THE DEMOGRAPHY OF SCOTLAND AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR DEVOLUTION

Briefings and submissions

Scotland’s population is growing, but more slowly and ageing more quickly than the remainder of the United Kingdom.

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Royal Society Study on Population

Briefings and submissions

Indefinite growth in anything physical on a physically finite planet is self-evidently physically impossible.

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Response to International Development Committee Inquiry on SDGs

Briefings and submissions

DFID should prioritise SDG 3 (ensure health and wellbeing) and SDG 5 (achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment).

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The cost of population growth in the UK

Briefings and submissions

Each additional person requires £165,000 to be spent on housing, infrastructure, equipment and training, to extend to them the services, living standard and employment opportunities of current UK residents

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