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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Note. Documents published by Population Matters in the past may not reflect current policies or positions.

Population Matters Annual Report 2017-18

Population Matters governance
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Campaigns and Policy Officer Job Pack - Nov 2018

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Journal of Population and Sustainability Vol 1 No 1

Journal of Population & Sustainability
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Journal of Population and Sustainability Vol 1 No 2

Journal of Population & Sustainability
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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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Journal of Population and Sustainability Vol 2 No 2

Journal of Population & Sustainability
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Journal of Population and Sustainability Vol 2 No 1

Journal of Population & Sustainability
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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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The UK in 2050

Briefings and submissions

While economic changes, urbanisation, technological advancement and environmental degradation all influence consumption and resource-availability, population growth determines the severity of the influence of each factor.

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Public Health Cuts

Briefings and submissions

Following the announcement of £200 million cuts to public health in the UK, we examine the potential impact of these cuts on sexual and reproductive health (SRH).

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High population growth in the UK’s local authorities

Briefings and submissions

UK population levels are expected to grow to 70 million by 2027. Many local authorities already face significant difficulties linked to population growth.

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Public services in the UK

Briefings and submissions

In this briefing, the challenges faced by both public services, and the consequences this has for society, will be explored.

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