11 October 2017

Livestock, extinction . . . and population

Last week, Population Matters attended the high-profile Livestock and Extinction conference in London. The conference brought together experts on food production, wildlife, the environment, policymaking, and health to examine the impact of industrial agriculture on the natural world and identify solutions.

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1 November 2018

Key WWF report fails to address overpopulation

WWF International’s latest report on the state of the world’s wildlife once again shies away from addressing the ‘elephant in the room’. As one of the world’s most influential and popular environmental organisations, WWF is failing in its duty to confront the main driver of species decline: unsustainable human population pressure.

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5 June 2019

World Environment Day

World Environment Day is the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth or become an agent of change.

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22 March 2019

World Water Day

The day is a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

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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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Why population matters for Friends of the Earth

Briefings and submissions

Friends of the Earth’s declared mission is to: “Make life better for people by inspiring solutions to environmental problems”.

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Waste in the UK and the world

Briefings and submissions

While waste disposal was once a local concern, today it is a global challenge. The consumption of finite resources, and the damaging of the earth in the processes of mineral extraction, pollution and waste management, transcend borders. 1

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Climate Change and Population – Links and Trade-Offs

Briefings and submissions

 “The strong correspondence among emission, population, and GDP rankings reflects the importance of population and economic growth as emissions drivers.” (Climate data: insights and observations, Baumer & Pershing, Pew Center on Climate Change, December 2004.)

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Population and climate change

Briefings and submissions

Introduction Climate change is the long-term alteration of weather patterns affecting our planet. In the modern world this occurs largely due to human produced greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, which trap heat in the atmosphere and alter the earth’s climate.

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Population Dynamics in Mitigating Climate Change

Briefings and submissions

Human population both affects and is affected by climate change. Changes in population size have implications for the ability of societies to adapt to the effects of climate change and for the patterns of consumption and production that generate the emissions driving climate change.

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