Oil palm
21 March 2019

Population and consumption causing extinction crisis and water shortage

The latest UN Global Resources Outlook report reveals that natural resource extraction and processing is responsible for 90% of water stress and biodiversity loss and is driven by the combination of rapid population and economic growth.

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

Briefings and submissions
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Butterfly
13 March 2019

Calling for action on biodiversity

As the latest of many scientific reports identifies population growth as a driver of biodiversity loss, Population Matters calls for action.

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May
1 March 2019

Crisis? What crisis? Government complacency on environment

The UK and Scottish Governments have responded to a letter from Population Matters with platitudes and complacency. In the case of the Scottish Government, their reply was sent eight months after we first contacted them.

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whale shark
22 February 2019

Study: we're eating large animals to extinction

A new study found that three out of five of the world's largest animal species are threatened with extinction because humans are killing them for food. 

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Population Matters
27 April 2019

POPULATION MATTERS CONFERENCE 2019

Our free public conference will address the link between human population and biodiversity loss. An expert international panel of conservationists, scientists and campaigners will examine the problem and the solutions.

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22 May 2019

International Day for Biological Diversity

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. 

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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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monarch butterfly
17 January 2019

Global insect collapse threatens all life on Earth

Recently documented insect population crashes in Puerto Rico and Germany reflect a worrying global trend that is gaining increasing media coverage for good reason: insects are essential for the healthy function of ecosystems. The named culprits are climate change, habitat destruction and pesticides use, all of which are driven and amplified by our growing numbers.

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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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