Topic » Climate Change

During the past 100 years, population growth has mirrored the growth of greenhouse gases that cause climate change, with the vast majority of produced by developed nations. But most of the effects of climate change are already being experienced in developing countries. Governments of 37 least developed countries have identified population growth as a factor that increases vulnerability to climate change.

When women are empowered to plan and space their children, they are better able to adapt to climate change and ensure the survival of their families. In addition, slowing population growth could help reduce future emissions. If the world’s population reaches 8 billion rather than 9.2 billion in 2050, it could result in one to two billion fewer tons of carbon emissions. Emissions reductions of this magnitude are equivalent to stopping all deforestation.

As the world tries to solve climate change challenges, PAI is working to ensure that population trends, gender considerations, and the global demand for contraception are not left out of the discussion.


Policy Brief

Population Dynamics, Environment, and Sustainable Development in Kenyan Counties

July 28, 2014

The combined effects of climate change and rapid population growth are increasing food insecurity, environmental degradation, and poverty levels in the 47 newly-defined counties in Kenya. Unless these issues are fully prioritized in development strategies and implemented in an integrated … Continue reading »



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Policy Brief

Integrated Population, Health and Environment: More Than the Sum of Its Parts

February 26, 2014

What is PHE? Population, Health and Environment (PHE) is an integrated community-based approach to development. PHE projects acknowledge and address the complex connections between families, their health, and their environment. Learn more by downloading PAI’s PHE brief. Why integrate PHE? People … Continue reading »


Data & Maps

Mapping Population & Climate Change Hotspots

July 19, 2013


Why We Need a Global Approach to Combat Climate Change

July 5, 2013

Last Tuesday, President Barack Obama laid out his administration’s long-awaited plan to escalate domestic and international efforts to address climate change. It highlighted the need to cut carbon pollution, prepare the United States to adapt to existing impacts of climate … Continue reading »


Men, Machines and Climate Change…Where Are the Women?

June 6, 2013

The heat down here is unbearable, not because of global warming, but as a result of the fast spinning shafts that drive turbines to generate hydroelectric power. The massive engines use the high-pressure water before releasing it to flow downstream, … Continue reading »


Population, Reproductive Health, and Adaptation Finance

June 6, 2013

There is growing recognition of the importance of population dynamics for the challenges and solutions associated with climate change. Population size, growth, composition, distribution and mobility are constantly changing, and these changes affect our climate and the ability of people … Continue reading »



Memo to Climate Donors: Invest in Family Planning

May 21, 2013

I’m in Tarrytown, NY, at the annual strategic retreat of the Green Group CEOs. A fitting location from which to send this memo: To: All progressive climate donors interested in exponentially advancing the cause From: Suzanne Ehlers, President & CEO, … Continue reading »


Climate Change is No Joke

May 10, 2013

At PAI, we talk a lot about the intersections between population, climate change and women. We talk about the women who have to walk farther for water and firewood, and those whose homes and families were destroyed by natural disasters. … Continue reading »


Playing for Keeps: How Games Can Help Us Tackle Climate Change Challenges

May 3, 2013

A. Tianna with partners from Eminence, PRAN, and HumanityWatch. Climate change is not a game. In Bangladesh, communities are already facing its consequences daily, and women are disproportionately affected. But last week in Dhaka, Bangladesh—alongside nearly 300 policymakers, scientists, and … Continue reading »