London crowd
15 February 2019

Global risks: where does population rank?

An online survey of over 10,000 adults across nine countries found that more than two thirds of respondents consider population growth a “global catastrophic risk”. However, less than one quarter believe the issue requires urgent action and just over half believe continued population growth will have “negative effects”, demonstrating the urgent need for increased awareness.

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Population Matters
27 April 2019

POPULATION MATTERS CONFERENCE 2019

Our conference will address the link between human population and biodiversity loss. There is widespread consensus among scientists and conservationists that we are in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction, and that its cause is anthropogenic (by humans).

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Kenyan woman with child
13 November 2019 to 15 November 2019

The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25: Accelerating the promise

A high-level conference to advance the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action

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Urban landscape
5 February 2019

Will the world run out of people?

A newly published book, Empty Planet, claims that global population will shortly start decreasing and continue to do so. Might it be right?

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Ethiopian woman with child
25 January 2019

Stigma and fears - barriers to family planning in Africa

Tens of millions of married women in sub-Saharan Africa are not using effective, modern contraception. A new study provides insights on the reasons, and reveals how the barriers might be overcome.

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12 February 2019

Human Population and Biodiversity: Red Herring or Elephant in the Room?

Our Head of Campaigns and Communications, Alistair Currie, will be giving a talk at the Linnean Society of London.

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Journal of Population and Sustainability Vol 3 No 1

Journal of Population & Sustainability
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Sir David Attenborough speech to the RSA, 2011

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Chinese baby
7 January 2019

US and China's population growth at new low

Population growth rates in the US and China are now at 0.6% and 0.4%, respectively. Whilst both countries achieved similar results with very different measures, a lower number of people being added every year is a welcome development on our overstretched planet.

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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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