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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Policy Brief

Why Population Matters to Water Resources

February 17, 2012

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 »

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Why Population Matters to Climate Change

February 16, 2012

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 »

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Why Population Matters to Biodiversity

February 16, 2012

Links between Population and Biodiversity Population is recognized as an indirect driver of biodiversity loss, as human demands for resources like food and fuel play a key role in driving biodiversity degradation. This happens primarily through the conversion of ecosystems … Continue reading »

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PAI applauds selection of Gabriel Jaramillo as head of Global Fund

January 25, 2012

PAI applauds the decision of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria’s Board of Directors to appoint Mr. Gabriel Jaramillo as the Fund’s Managing Director. Continue reading »

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Weathering Change honored at 32nd Annual Global Media Awards

January 12, 2012

Why Population Matters, a new publication, explains how population is connected to other development issues such as maternal health, poverty, security and climate change. Continue reading »

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A Story of Hope

December 21, 2011

Half of the world population is made of amazing group young people, creative, strong and committed to finding solution to the world greatest challenge; climate change.

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A Strong Opening and an Open Letter to our Leaders

November 30, 2011

The 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP17) opened in Durban today with a very strong statement on women

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Are African Voices Being Heard?

November 29, 2011

More than 400 young people from all over the world gathered at the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa this week for the 7th Conference of Youth. The Conference of Youth is about bringing together youth from all over the world who are passionate about sustainability and climate change. It’s a place to connect, share skills and build a movement.

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Why Population Matters

October 31, 2011

Why Population Matters, a new publication, explains how population is connected to other development issues such as maternal health, poverty, security and climate change. Continue reading »

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Mapping Population and Climate Change

October 3, 2011

This updated guide to Population Action International’s mapping website shows how climate change and population dynamics will change the world over time. High rates of population growth and climate change consequences overlap in many countries. Interactive maps illustrate how climate … Continue reading »

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