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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This video was produced by Linktv as part of its Earth Focus series.
Water is a key element of life for everyone on Earth. As the world’s population grows, the demand for water mounts and pressure on finite water resources intensifies. Climate change, which is also closely tied to population growth, will also … Continue reading
Links between Population and Climate Change Adaptation Demographic trends have an important connection to both the challenges and solutions to the problem of climate change. Rapid population growth exacerbates vulnerability to the negative consequences of climate change, and exposes growing … Continue reading