Posts Tagged ‘ biodiversity loss ’

The Economics of Nature: The Need for Transformative Change

Feb 11th, 2021 | By
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By Suzanne York. It was a blip for most news outlets, but a recent report out of the UK – led by Cambridge economist Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta – underscores the global biodiversity crisis and humans relationship with Nature.  The fact that it comes from an economic viewpoint has its pros and cons, but is
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Facing Our Collective Zombie-like Future: Solutions to Address Global Problems Head-on

Jan 27th, 2021 | By
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By Suzanne York. The threats to the planet by human actions have been studied and reported for decades.  Almost every day now sees reports of the latest research on the fraying of planetary health, for nature and for humans.  We can’t plead ignorance at destroying the Earth. One such study, released earlier this month, addresses the
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Why 2050 is too darned late…

Dec 2nd, 2020 | By
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By Julian Cribb, guest writer. One and a half million people are already dead, mostly because their governments did not act on sound medical advice about Covid in sufficient time. The question of our Age is how many will die if governments the world over fail to act in time on: global heating, global poisoning,
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The Dramatic Decline of Earth’s Biodiversity

Sep 19th, 2020 | By
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By Suzanne York. It feels like a moment of truth for humans and nature.  It’s obvious we are in ecological breakdown and need to change course, but will we do it? The weather is becoming increasingly erratic and harsh, from heatwaves in Europe to floods in South Asia.  Antarctica’s “doomsday” glacier is breaking. There are
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Finding “Time for Nature” Means People are Part of Nature

Jun 5th, 2020 | By
Mountain gorilla, Bwindi Impenetrable Natl Park [photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. This is the year of upheaval and change and understanding that we are all in this together, this life on our little blue dot.   If the current inhabitants of Planet Earth don’t get that humans are part of the web of life by now, we are all in big trouble. To help
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Reality Hits the Davos Crowd: Biodiversity is Actually Important

Jan 21st, 2020 | By
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By Suzanne York. The new year kicked off with a lot of coverage of extinction, mostly due to the tragedy in Australia.  Television news programs, newspapers and social media are awash in reports of the devastating impact of Australia’s raging fires on its enigmatic species.  The images of koalas, kangaroos and wallabies burning are tragic
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On the Path to ‘Ecological Armageddon’

Jan 21st, 2019 | By
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By Suzanne York. If you ever question whether or not the world is experiencing the Sixth Mass Extinction, as noted by many scientists, a glance at recent news headlines of species at risk should send convince you we are either in it, or on the precipice.  From monarch butterflies to tigers to bats, too many
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Charting a Course from Charcoal to Clean Energy

Jul 28th, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York. Forests play a major role in maintaining life on Earth.   Yet with some exceptions (see India Plants 50 Million Trees in One Day), deforestation continues, with seemingly little regard for the consequences. The recently released UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) State of the World’s Forests (Sofo) report found that, amongst tropical
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Exceeding Earth’s Limits

Jan 20th, 2015 | By
Yanacocha gold mine in Cajamarca, Peru [photo credit: Jeffrey Bury, http://sciencenotes.ucsc.edu/2011/pages/gold/goldpic.html]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. The world is headed towards a “danger zone,” as it is passing a number of planetary boundaries that could destabilize the earth, according to yet another study by an international group of scientists. While your average citizen is probably not even aware of the concept of planetary boundaries, it should be a
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