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Ever more people consuming ever more resources and creating ever more waste plastic. "There is no major problem facing our planet that would not be easier to solve if there were fewer people; and no problem that does not become harder — and ultimately impossible to solve — with ever more", Sir David Attenborough, Patron of Population Matters.
The impacts of overpopulation - in particular on younger people - are everywhere. The housing situation in the UK is merely one of a myriad examples worldwide. "The number of people owning their own home has fallen sharply over the past decade. In 2003, 71 per cent of adults owned their own home. But this had fallen to 64 per cent by 2014. This has been driven by a decline among younger...
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An Olympic-sized housing shortage

Al Jazeera: "Unprecedented rate of decline of animals because of human activity causing a global mass extinction". We note that their headline is misleading because it isn't 60% of species, it is 60% of total wildlife, which is not the same thing.

60 percent of global wildlife species wiped out

“The impact of extreme, often violent weather on crops in a world where the population continues to increase rapidly can only be disastrous,” he warns.

“Sooner or later, there will be an unbridgeable gulf between global food needs and our capacity to grow food in an unstable climate. Inevitably, starvation will reduce the world’s population.”

Scientists "too frightened" to tell truth on climate impacts | Climate Home - climate change news

Our growing human population demands that the last grasslands be churned up and converted to unsuitable, low yield agricultural land.

"In 2014, the American Great Plains—an area stretching from Texas into Canada—actually lost more acreage of grasslands than Brazil lost to deforestation, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says. In fact, said Martha Kauffman, WWF's managing director of the Northern...
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Goodbye Grasslands. Goodbye Birds. Goodbye Carbon Sink.

Population Matters
yesterday at 23:00. Facebook
All causes are lost causes on an increasingly uninhabitable planet.
Population Matters
yesterday at 19:58. Facebook
A short 2007 video clip featuring Population Matters patron Jane Goodall - well worth watching! "[Talking about overpopulation] has been politically incorrect for a very long time. If you go to a global conference on those issues and I'm there you will hear me talk about the mushrooming human population growth that has led to deforestation, that leads not just to harm for the animals and the...
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Population Matters
yesterday at 17:00. Facebook
Wouldn't want 7.5 billion of these things running around!
Population Matters
yesterday at 13:00. Facebook
"It is estimated that two billion hectares of land are already degraded worldwide, and we continue to degrade another 12 million hectares of productive land every year." For us that means that further increasing our population is a really bad idea. For the economist writing this piece it is a "growing opportunity for private investors in the sustainable land use sector " ... so that's ok then :-(

COP Blog: Tackling land degradation offers new opportunities for investors :: Environmental Finance

Population Matters
yesterday at 06:00. Facebook
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Population Matters
yesterday at 01:00. Facebook
Population Matters' patron and author of "The Population Bomb", Prof. Paul R. Ehrlich, joins Growthbusters for their next webinar on Wed. Dec 14th from 9-10pm, U.S. Eastern Time. Register below.

Solving Overshoot: End Overpopulation or Stop Overconsumption? | GrowthBusters

Population Matters
12/03/2016 at 23:00. Facebook
Liberal journalist Chris Hedges offered some much welcomed left wing population concern in this piece.

We Are Breeding Ourselves to Extinction

Population Matters
12/03/2016 at 21:00. Facebook
Growthbusters 10-day Free Screening event was scheduled to close at midnight - US Eastern Time - last night (2nd December). But some people have just found out about it. A few have been so busy they need more time. And many who've finally seen the film want more time to get others to see it. So the free viewing period has been extended by an extra two days. You have till midnight the night of...
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Solving Overshoot: End Overpopulation or Stop Overconsumption? | GrowthBusters

Population Matters
12/03/2016 at 19:00. Facebook
The odds of someone dying due to an asteroid impact are calculated by NASA to be 1 in 700,000. To put that in context, the odds of dying of heart disease or cancer are about 1 in 5 and the odds of dying in traffic accident is 1 in a few hundred. But, according to the UN, there is a 70% chance (1 in 1.42) that human population will not stabilise this century and go on to grow beyond 11 or 12...
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Current Impact Risks

Population Matters
12/03/2016 at 17:00. Facebook
(Tanzania) "Uncontrolled population create pressure on land resources, water and food distribution. By any chance, when these three items become scarce, they tend to create divisions within the society and influence clear poverty levels between the extremely poor and the riches."

Tanzania: Why Population Growth Must Be Checked

Population Matters
12/03/2016 at 15:00. Facebook
With Temperatures Hitting 1.2 C Hotter than Pre-Industrial, Drought Now Spans the Globe...

Global drought

Population Matters
12/03/2016 at 13:00. Facebook
UK, Times: More than a third of births in England and Wales last year were to families where one or both parents were born overseas, a dramatic rise over the past decade. Alistair Currie, head of campaigns at Population Matters, said: “Along with one of the EU’s highest birth rates, net migration remains a significant driver of population growth in this country and especially in London. Three...
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More than a third of babies born to foreign parents

Population Matters
12/03/2016 at 11:00. Facebook
Heroic assumptions underpinning projections of food sufficiency for 9.7 billion people by 2050, by Roger Martin, President of Population Matters.

1. Climate change will not prevent continuing increases in crop yields;
2. Ocean acidification will not reduce fisheries;
3. Water will continue to be readily available for farming;
4. Salination of land irrigated from groundwater will somehow be...
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Will our children eat? - Population Matters

Population Matters
12/03/2016 at 09:00. Facebook
"A valuable philosophical contribution here is the distinction between “making people happy” and “making happy people.” When I feed a hungry person, or prevent a harm from befalling someone, I improve a person’s well-being. But when I create a person whom I will then feed and prevent from harm, I make a person who will predictably be well off. In the first case, I added happiness to the world...
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Bioethicist: The Climate Crisis Calls For Fewer Children

Population Matters
12/03/2016 at 07:00. Facebook
"Humans will be extinct in 100 years because the planet will be uninhabitable, said the late Australian microbiologist Frank Fenner, one of the leaders in the effort to eradicate smallpox during the 1970s. He blamed overcrowding, denuded resources and climate change.

Fenner’s prediction, made in 2010, is not a sure bet, but he is correct that there is no way emissions reductions will be...
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A child born today may live to see humanity’s end, unless…