'Why biodiversity loss and climate change are equal threats'

Posted on December 26, 2010

Yesterday (26th December), an item was posted on guardian.co.uk titled ‘Why biodiversity loss and climate change are equal threats’.

‘… Since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the media and many organisations have pursued as separate narratives the issues of climate, biodiversity and sustainable development. One of the changes this year, at a UN level, has been recognition that this does not make sense …

Fortunately, over 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity involved 1,500 organisations across 90 governments, 388 NGOs and 21 UN agencies to help raise awarenessof the importance of biodiversity. The UN designated 2011-2020 the International Decade of Biodiversity. Among the agreements that came out of the UN’s major biodiversity meeting in Nagoya in October were commitments from 191 nations to increase the amount of the planet set aside for biodiversity protection to 17% of the land surface and 10% of the oceans.

Perhaps more importantly came increasing recognition of the econimic and health cost to humanity of biodiversity loss …’

Read the item and add your comment online at www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/dec/26/biodiversity-loss-climate-change?intcmp=122

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