"A major report card on the state of biodiversity gives failing grades
to the world’s nations. The United Nations’s Global Biodiversity Outlook
5, released this week, concludes that the world has not met ambitious
targets set 10 years ago to protect nature. “The warning lights are
flashing. We have to recognize that we’re in a planetary emergency,"
Andy Purvis, a biodiversity researcher at the Natural History Museum
said in a statement.
“We are losing biodiversity and that has very real consequences to
people’s health, prosperity, and well-being,” says Jane Lubchenco, a
marine ecologist at Oregon State University, Corvallis, who was not
involved in the report.
There is still time to halt—and even reverse—the loss of biodiversity,
the report concludes. But that will require rapid and substantial
changes in agriculture, industry, and other activities. “More than
anything, it’s telling us we have quite a lot more to do. Not more of
the same, but more of the tougher transformational shifts,” says Lina
Barrera, head of international policy at Conservation International, an
environmental organization. One such change would be including the value
of biodiversity in economic decisions, such as infrastructure investment
or farm subsidies."
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