Daily Archives: May 7, 2019

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.

Global Biodiversity Report: Human behaviour puts a million species at risk

TRT World

Published on May 6, 2019

For the first time, researchers have included indigenous knowledge, urging governments to do the same in developing their policies. Arabella Munro explains the key points.

In Depth – Biodiversity: Warning Bells

Rajya Sabha TV

Published on May 7, 2019

Relentless pursuit of economic growth coupled with climate change has brought an unprecedented one million species at doorstep of extinction.

This is the finding of a landmark report on the damage done by modern civilisation to the natural world.

The report compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries is based on the review of about 15,000 scientific and government sources.

Their conclusion is that only a wide-ranging transformation of the global economic and financial system can pull ecosystems that are vital to the future of human communities worldwide back from the brink of collapse.

The report has been endorsed by 130 countries, including the U.S., Russia and China.

It is also the first comprehensive global report in 15 years at the state of the planet’s biodiversity.
It includes, for the first time, indigenous and local knowledge as well as scientific studies. The authors say they found overwhelming evidence that human activities are behind nature’s decline.

Our episode of In Depth today looks at the report and its contents, the imminence of the threat facing mankind and some of the major drivers of species decline including climate change alongside pollution and other harmful aspects of human life.

UN Biodiversity report: Should we be alarmed?

FRANCE 24 English

Published on May 6, 2019

Patricia Miloslavich, lead author of the UN Global Assessment on biodiversity talks to Delano D’Souza about the report.

UN biodiversity report shows world is going through ‘sixth mass extinction’

FRANCE 24 English

Published on May 6, 2019

IN THE PAPERS – Monday, May 6: We look at a new UN report out today warning about humanity’s sixth mass extinction – one million species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction unless we change our ways.