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.

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Women at the Center – PAI goes to Portland

October 26, 2012

Through generous support from the United Nations Foundation, PAI co-hosted a dinner and networking event on September 27th in Portland, Oregon focusing on climate change, consumption and reproductive health, and the role of women and girls as agents of change. … Continue reading »

Policy Brief

Population Dynamics, Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa – Policy Brief

September 11, 2012

Population growth is occurring more rapidly in Africa than in other regions of the world, increasing vulnerability to climate change impacts and undermining sustainable development efforts on the continent. Indeed, most sub-Saharan development policies note that the region’s rapid population … Continue reading »

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Population, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development in Malawi

September 11, 2012

Malawi is one of 15 population and climate change hotspots characterized by a high population growth rate, a high projected decline in agricultural production, and low resilience to climate change. In addition, Malawi faces severe water scarcity. The combined effects … Continue reading »

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Population Dynamics, Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa

September 11, 2012

A region’s population dynamics, including the size, distribution and composition of its population, influence its prospects for sustainable development. Virtually all development policies in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) cite the region’s rapid population growth, urbanization, and age structure as major challenges. … Continue reading »

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Friends Like These

June 22, 2012

Cross-posted to Ms. Magazine Like many, I went to Rio full of expectations.  I had been feeding off of the hype around Rio for months: “This UN conference will be a seminal moment in history!” “The outcomes from Rio +20 … Continue reading »

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Exploring the Connections between Research and Advocacy

May 25, 2012

In early May, PAI traveled to San Francisco for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA). PAI staff joined 2,100 participants for three days of sessions covering a broad range of topics in the population field. … Continue reading »

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The Future I Want for My Great Grandchildren

May 24, 2012

Achieving global sustainability: The Elders in conversation with young global leaders Nelson Mandela once said that, ‘‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.” The world has been discussing sustainable development way before I was born. Now we have a chance … Continue reading »

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Connecting Reproductive Health and Climate Change

April 25, 2012

In March PAI’s Roger-Mark De Souza presented at the Countdown 2015 Europe High Level Expert Meeting. Countdown 2015 is a consortium of 16 leading European non-governmental organizations working to address the global unmet need for family planning. De Souza presented … Continue reading »

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A Supportive Framework for Sustainable Choices: Stockholm+40 High Level Panel

April 25, 2012

This week, PAI Atlas Fellow Esther Agbarakwe is participating in the Stockholm+40 Conference. The conference, organized by the Swedish Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to seeks to “highlight young people’s views and proposals for solutions … Continue reading »

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Women and The Changing Environment

March 8, 2012

This video was produced by Linktv as part of its Earth Focus series.