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population, family planning, environment, climate change, global warming, conservation, biodiversity, sustainability, wildlife protection, reproductive health, overpopulation, population growth, women's rights, non-profit, NGO
population, family planning, environment, climate change, global warming, conservation, biodiversity, sustainability, wildlife protection, reproductive health, overpopulation, population growth, women's rights, non-profit, NGO

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Women without children have a hugely positive role to play in our ever growing world. Actress Kim Cattrall was the object of misplaced criticism earlier this week for her comments on BBC Radio 4. "“I am not a biological parent, but I am a parent. I have young actors and actresses that I mentor, I have nieces and nephews that I am very close to." 

We thank Ms. Cattrall and all women who play such an important role in our society while they've chosen not to be biological parents. 

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11 Billion People by 2100? The latest UN Population Projections are pretty scary. With life expectancy rising, an anticipated long-term increase in the global number of women of childbearing age, and fertility rates that aren't dropping fast enough to keep up, it's clear we need to make some big changes. 

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What's so smart about smart growth? In this Conversation Earth podcast, World-renowned physics professor Al Bartlett tells us "Population growth and/or growth in the rates of consumption of resources cannot be sustained.” Have a listen and tell us what you think.

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What's the cost of a child? This report shows that the minimum cost of a child from birth to age 18 is £149,805. That's a pretty good reason to have smaller families! 

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What if we never stop growing? Population Matter Chief Executive talks about high birth rates, our growing population, and the consequences we will face if we don't address the issue. What do you think about the debate in this video?

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What do reproductive rights look like? Oregon, California, Vermont and Maryland are deemd the "best four States for reproductive rights".
Some of the policies upholding women's rights allow the possibility to buy birth control over the counter, no compulsory waiting periods or counselling sessions and easy access to clinics. In short, women's right to choice is given central importance.
The author writes: "these states should serve as examples for the rest of the country, as they're upholding women's freedoms rather than imposing certain beliefs on their lives."
Read the full article:ow.ly/QTUL7

Find out more on reproductive health:ow.ly/QTUGd

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"If you're expecting COP21 in Paris to save the world's climate you're in for a disappointment", writes Alex Scrivener, from Global Justice Now.
He dismisses positive and hopeful views painting the 21st Conference of Parties as "the world's last, best chance" to combat climate change. He argues that the UNFCCC system is flawed, at present, and major changes are needed.
However, we should not lose hope entirely. He suggests: "by concentrating on piling pressure on our own governments and corporations [...] we have a better chance of achieving tangible progress towards climate justice."

Read the full article here:ow.ly/QTTz2

Find out more about climate change: ow.ly/QTTxc

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Where are you going on holiday this summer? A European Commission study has found that Mediterranean countries may be at risk of increasing extreme temperatures, droughts and forest fires. Not only will these cause a loss of wildlife, but changing temperatures also represents a threat for these countries' tourism industries. Southern European countries could lose as much as 0.45% GDP every year due to changing climate conditions. For Spain, that could mean a loss of up to €5.6 billion (£4 billion) each year.
Perhaps it is time to take action: ow.ly/QTRml

Read the article:ow.ly/QTReV
And the report: ow.ly/QTRdR

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"If we don't start to stabilise our population the problems we're already facing will get much worse in terms of housing, transport, education and schools." Population Matters Chief Executive Simon Ross tells the BBC about some of the threats of UK population growth and why it's essential to make family planning available to everyone. 
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