ECOLOGICAL CRISIS DECLARED

CNN coverage (short video) – comments by Paul Ehrlich

Under-reporting by mainstream media – 26 May

This Guardian article, rich in data and illustrations, comments on the new report from the UN Global Assessment Report that puts the existential threat of ecological devastation alongside that of climate change. As usual, the report calls for drastic and urgent change in human society:

a picture of a suffocating human-caused sameness spreading across the planet, as a small range of cash crops and high-value livestock are replacing forests and other nature-rich ecosystems. As well as eroding the soil, which causes a loss of fertility, these monocultures are more vulnerable to disease, drought and other impacts of climate breakdown.
“People shouldn’t panic, but they should begin drastic change. Business as usual with small adjustments won’t be enough.”

And here is another article on the Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report, It is from The Conversation website and includes:

The report identified agriculture, forestry and urbanisation as the number one reason for biodiversity loss in land-based ecosystems and rivers. In the sea, fishing has had the greatest impact on biodiversity and is exacerbated by changes in the use of the sea and coastal lands.

This is followed closely by:

  • the direct use of species (primarily through harvesting, logging, hunting and fishing)
  • climate change
  • pollution
  • the invasion of non-native species.

These factors are aggravated by underlying social values, such as unsustainable consumption and production, concentrated human populations, trade, technological advances, and governance at multiple scales.

The Global Assessment concludes that current biodiversity laws and policies have been insufficient to address the threats to the natural world.