Daily Archives: May 7, 2019

Naomi Klein Interview on Climate Change, Political/ Market Failure, Green Energy, Popular Resistance

How Scientists Are Preparing Earth for an Incoming Asteroid | WIRED

How close will asteroid Apophis come to Earth?

How Wealth Rules the World & The Dictatorship of Property

BBC World Service – Newshour, Nature crisis: ‘Shocking’ report details threat to species


BBC – Newshour, UN says humans ‘threaten 1m species with extinction’


UNESCO hosts governments and experts for major global biodiversity meeting


Published on May 3, 2019

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) opened its 7th plenary session at UNESCO. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay welcomed the delegates, speaking on behalf of all four UN organizations (UNESCO, UNEP, FAO and UNDP) attending. “the world report that we will unveil in a few days will force us to face this dramatic degradation of biodiversity and to share this evidence with society as a whole. Our local, indigenous and scientific knowledge is proving that we have solutions”, said Ms. Azoulay.

WWF sounds alarm on loss of biodiversity ahead of UN report

Published on May 5, 2019

Volunteers from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) staged a demonstration in Paris on Saturday to raise awareness on the extent of the loss of biodiversity due to human activities, ahead of the publication of a report by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem

How can we tackle the biodiversity crisis?

BirdLife International
Published on May 6, 2019

Video from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), 6 May 2019

What a huge mess? Analysing Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Down To Earth
Published on May 7, 2019

The United Nations has for the first time has done a comprehensive assessment of the world’s biodiversity. The Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services which was released on May 6, 2019, in Paris has ominous news for the residents of this planet. This thousand-page report was prepared by 450 researchers, who studied fifteen thousand scientific and government documents and has been unanimously approved by 100 countries. In the past 50 years, the human population has doubled and the global economy has quadrupled. This has increased the demand for energy and material leading to massive exploitation and excessive pollution. Scientists say, that nature is in more trouble now than at any time in human history. Extinction is looming in the face for over a million species of plants and animals. This biodiversity crisis is humanity’s fault. But the report says that there is still time to save the Earth if governments, companies and individuals take action.