Development and life in general under threat from accelerating destruction of nature – but solutions are possible
Yesterday the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published its first global report on biodiversity since 2005, which confirms that nature is being destroyed faster than at any other time in human history. The report on the global state of biodiversity is shocking but not entirely surprising.
"Radical, comprehensive changes are urgently needed to save the diversity of life on which we all depend. Crucially, governments must end the destructive subsidies, including for fossil fuels and industrial fishing and agriculture," said IIED director Andrew Norton.
Despite years of repeated warnings, the question is, how much more evidence will it take for governments, companies and financial institutions to wake up to the urgency and act?
Read IIED's response to the IPBES report.