Just the other day a report, 3-years in the making, is showing that many species are dying or on the verge of extinction. And the process is accelerating at an alarming rate.

This study comes from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

From the study the IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson says, “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”

He continues to add that we are not too late to make a change, we can still improve these foundations and improve our ecosystems.

This study consisted of over 145 experts from 50 different countries that all illustrate the changes in our planet over the past 50 years through “economic development pathways and their impacts on nature.”

This also showed future outcomes, not just past research, based on the current trends we are taking.

And based on those latest trends, nearly “1 million animals and plants are threatened with extinction.” And from the past data it shows that many species have already been eliminated from previous research over the past few centuries.

Does climate change have anything to do with this?

As my page is about weather and climate. There just has to be a mention about it. And the answer is most likely, yes.

Shows the change in temperature over the last thousand years. This is also known as the hockey stick diagram. Courtesy: Penn State

The study goes on to say that greenhouse gas emissions have doubled since 1980 and the average global temperature has increased by 0.7 degrees Celsius. And this number is expected to keep rising, unless we make drastic changes — fast. And even then the projections don’t look good.

The report isn’t from just one industry. It shows information from the agriculture angle, forestry, marine, urban ares, energy, and even finance.

Other finds from this show:

  • 75% of land-based and 66% of the marine environment have been changed/altered by humans impacts.
  • Over 1/3rd of the world’s land and 75% of freshwater resources are used for crop or livestock production.
  • Urban areas have more than double over the past 27 years.

There are many more facts that have been proven from this report, and my summary only scratches the surface.

This report will be looked upon for many years to come because this shows where our planet is headed and how we got to here.

And also making an impact on you. We need a clean atmosphere to stay healthy, we need these animals to provide food and keep the food chain moving, and we need the plants to keep us breathing and provide pollen for the bees – which pollinate more plants.

If you want to see the full report go to here, or to at least see the media report. It’ll break it down even further for you.

Source: All facts and quotes have been taken from the press release shown in the link.

First image is courtesy of mass.gov

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