Extinction of One Million Species on the Brink

A global scientific panel has concluded that biodiversity is declining faster than at any time in human history. A million species are on the brink.

Climate change is one of the key drivers, the report emphasized, along with land-use change, exploding consumption, pollution and the spread of invasive species. Climate's role in exacerbating the losses is accelerating.

This new report warns of potentially irreversible economic, social and environmental calamities if the whole world doesn't change tracks by mid-century.

The impacts would fall especially hard on the poor and in several frail regions, but no part of the planet would escape them.

What's needed, this report said, is "a change to the definition of what a good quality of life entails—decoupling the idea of a good and meaningful life from ever-increasing material consumption."

The document was issued after years of work by scores of international experts who examined some 15,000 pieces of research.

The panel will publish a full 1,500-page report later this year.

 

Photo: Borneo island in Indonesia

www.insideclimatenews.org  May 2019

 

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