There are still reasons to cheer in our fight against climate change. According to the respected International Energy Agency’s new report, global greenhouse gases emissions from energy remained flat in 2016 while the global economy grew by 3.1 percent.
A few weeks ago I had collected some quite distressing news from the state of our oceans. The four articles I have gathered are quite depressing and just show how urgent action is if we want to keep our planet habitable.
First and foremost, The New Scientist presented a new study that on top of warming and acidifying, oceans are also slowly suffocating. They may have lost up to seven percent of their oxygen by the end of this century.
This phenomenon alone could really destroy many ecosystems in an irreversible way but most unfortunately, it is not the only trend.
This is the most important news you’ll read this week. Forget about whatever happened in this weekend’s elections in Greece, Egypts or France. Economies may crash but can recover with time. It’s not the case with the environment.
To Nature : ” the global ecosystem as a whole can react in the same way and is approaching a planetary-scale critical transition as a result of human influence.”
Both Climate Progress and Grist wrote compelling articles on this new study that should have grabbed everybody’s attention. But well, it didn’t…
Bees are a critical element of global ecosystems and thus, to our survival. Didn’t Albert Einsteim himself stated that ” If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. “ Most unfortunately, those great insects are endangered by Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). To a … Read more
I generally try to stick to current topics and news but couldn’t blog about this year’s World Environment Day, which took place on Sunday. This year the UNEP wanted to emphasize the importance of forests. As I read on the UNEP Facebook page : “The theme of World Environment Day this year, “Forests: Nature at … Read more
To the UNEP : ” A new international body aimed at catalyzing a global response to the loss of biodiversity and world’s economically-important forests, coral reefs and other ecosystems was born yesterday. “
Dubbed the “IPCC for Nature”, the new Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will have a tough job at protecting endangered species and stopping what more and more call the anthropocene.
I just hope this new organization will face less opposition than the IPCC. For further details on this event please read the press release here.
Evidence keeps on piling : investing in Nature and the environment is perhaps one of the best thing you can do, not only for Mankind as a whole but also for yourself as Return On Investments (ROI) are high.
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) issued a report which according to the BBC shows that “money ploughed into protecting wetlands, coral reefs and forests can bring a hundredfold return on capital.”
Literally more profitable than investing in gold or in any other business environmental protection could well become a major economic sector in the next decade.
Indeed, more than half of the carbon dioxide captured by Nature is captured by oceans and seas. Coastal ecosystems like mangroves forests play a preponderant role in this regard.
Since these particular areas are especially threatened by urban development and may disappear within the very next decades it is high time to tackle this specific issue