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

Current population trends

Sustainability Insights

The future population growth of the world is difficult to predict accurately. A range of projections has been published by organizations such as the United Nations and the US Census Bureau, depending on different assumptions of birth rates and other factors affecting numbers.

 

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Contraception and lack of reproductive health

Sustainability Insights

Global perspective

Worldwide, 225 million women have an ‘unmet need’ for modern contraception. Having an unmet need is defined as wanting to stop or delay childbearing but not using any method of contraception1. 

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Climate change

Sustainability Insights

Only recently has it been possible directly to measure temperature, rainfall and the other weather variables that make up our climate. H

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Carrying capacity

Sustainability Insights

The maximum number of individuals that can be supported sustainably by a given environment is known as its ‘carrying capacity’.

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Biocapacity and ecological footprint

Sustainability Insights

These two concepts were developed by the Global Footprint Network (GFN) and are quantified as global hectares (gha). They provide a common basis on which to compare the biological capability of the environment to provide food and meet other essential needs, versus the demands placed by human communities on these ecological services.

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Ageing Populations

Sustainability Insights

 

Responding to ageing populations Populations around the world are ageing as life expectancy increases and as birth rates fall. At present, the increased proportion of elderly people in the population is generally higher in developed countries than in others, but ageing is increasingly becoming a global phenomenon.

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Population Matters Annual Report 2016-17

Population Matters governance
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Population Matters Annual Report 2015-16

Population Matters governance
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Population Matters Annual Report 2014-15

Population Matters governance
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Contact: Alistair Currie, Head of Campaigns & Communications: 020 8123 9170; alistair.currie@populationmatters.org

A5 leaflet: Sir David Attenborough

Four-page A5 leaflet setting out the case for population concern. Includes a membership application form.

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A5 leaflet: ‘Fiery World’

Four-page A5 leaflet setting out the case for population concern. Includes a membership application form.

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Global biodiversity and population

Briefings and submissions
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Cost of living in the UK

Briefings and submissions
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Population Matters Magazine Spring 2018

Population Matters Magazine
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Autumn 2017

Population Matters Magazine
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Spring 2017

Population Matters Magazine
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2016 Overshoot Index

Table indicating degree of ecological overshoot of nations, based on Global Footprint Network data

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Food

Sustainability Insights

Recent UN statistics confirm that the number of undernourished people in the world has been decreasing, but not fast enough to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG 1c) target to halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger between 1990 and 2015.1

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Autumn 2016

Population Matters Magazine
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