As last year's news headlines have made all too clear, nature is in a state of emergency.
“Had we acted 10 years ago, we would have needed now to reduce every year our emissions by 3.3%, which would be doable. Because we haven’t acted, we now need to reduce our emissions by 7.6%, which is a stretch — a massive stretch.”— Inger Andersen, executive director, UNEP
Leading thinkers in environmental economics and conservation are asking a pressing question. Why are we ignoring the destruction of the living world?
It means that for the rest of 2019, all the energy that people use is unsustainable in the long term and that the planet has absorbed as many carbon emissions as it can.
A paper published in Science today outlines a new “Global Deal for Nature,” officially launching an effort to establish science-based conservation targets covering all of planet Earth, including terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems.