Topic » Population and Climate Change

PAI’s Climate Change Initiative is an ambitious multi-year program of research, advocacy, and strategic communications designed to bring our experience and expertise to the critical and complex relationships among population, gender, and climate change. This work strengthens understanding of the influence of population on greenhouse gas emissions, demonstrates how demographic variables relate to climate change vulnerability, and expands the concept of climate change resilience by highlighting critical gender, fertility, and reproductive health dimensions.

PAI has joined with multiple collaborators, including the the Joint Global Change Research Institute and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in a multi-disciplinary effort including the following program areas:

Population and the IPCC: Examining and clarifying population assumptions in the reports and scenarios developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading climate science body whose work forms the basis of most climate-related policy

Mapping Vulnerabilities to Climate Change: Developing interactive mapping tools that illustrate relationships among projected climate change impacts, demographic trends, reproductive health needs, and other socioeconomic factors related to climate change vulnerability

Strengthening Understanding of Climate Change Resilience: Conducting country case studies that explore resilience and climate change coping strategies, including to the role of women and reproductive health/family planning

Analyzing Climate Change and the MDGs: Deepening understanding of the links among climate change impacts, population and demographic variables, and prospects for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)



The Faces of Seven Billion

September 22, 2011

I just had my annual exam. Yes, that annual exam, ladies. Aside from the normal things you would discuss with your midwife — how’s the IUD treating you? how’s your 15-month-old? — we also talked shop.

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Weathering Change

September 22, 2011

Weathering Change takes us to Ethiopia, Nepal and Peru to hear the stories of four women as they struggle to care for their families, while enduring crop failures and water scarcity. As the world’s population hits 7 billion in 2011, the film shows how women and families are already adapting to environmental challenges that threaten their health and their livelihoods. Continue reading »

Advocacy Guide

Weathering Change Advocacy Guide

September 22, 2011

Weathering Change documents how family planning, girls’ education, sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation are part of the solution. As the world’s population hits 7 billion in 2011, the film calls for expanding access to contraception and empowering women to help … Continue reading »



Weathering Change Trailer

September 21, 2011

Weathering Change follows women in Ethiopia, Nepal and Peru as they struggle to care for their families while enduring crop failure and water scarcity. The film explores how family planning can help women adapt to environmental challenges to their health and livelihood. Continue reading »


You’re Invited to the Premiere of Weathering Change

September 13, 2011

  Please join Population Action International and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program for a screening and discussion of PAI’s new short documentary Weathering Change: Stories about climate and family from women around the world Weathering Change … Continue reading »


The Effects of a Very Young Age Structure in Yemen: A Country Case Study

April 1, 2010

Elizabeth Leahy Madsen Yemen has broken into the global political scene, with periodic terrorist attacks against foreign targets and its location as a base for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula highlighting the country’s geopolitical significance. Yemen has the most youthful … Continue reading »


Policy Brief

Climate Change Adaptation

October 1, 2009

As global climate change unfolds, its effects are being felt disproportionately in the world’s poorest countries and among the groups of people least able to cope. Many of the countries hardest hit by the effects of climate change also face … Continue reading »



Projecting Population, Projecting Climate Change: Population in IPCC Scenarios

June 23, 2009

Malea Hoepf Young, Kathleen Mogelgaard and Karen Hardee Population Action International’s latest working paper, Projecting Population, Projecting Climate Change: Population in IPCC Scenarios, shows that population growth is not adequately accounted for in the emissions scenarios produced by the Special Report … Continue reading »



Finding Balance – Forests and Family Planning in Madagascar

January 3, 2005

This award-winning documentary journeys to the edge of a rapidly disappearing world in Madagascar, where population growth continues to fuel the cycle of poverty and deforestation. Continue reading »