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May 6th Edition of Brett Baier’s Fox News Prime Time Show “Special Report”
The United Nations report on the extinction crisis that came out on Monday made a relatively big splash. ICYMI, a group of scientists called the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), determined that biodiversity is declining at the fastest rate in human history, and only “transformational changes” to the way society operates can save the planet from ruin. The chair of the IPBES said, “We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide. The report also tells us that it is not too late to make a difference, but only if we start now at every level from local to global.” So where do we start? At a global meeting to be held in Beijing next year, the nations of the world could agree to place real limits on development and set aside a percentage of the planet that is reserved for nature.
In order to pressure countries for such limits, a group of nearly 100 nonprofits worldwide has started a global campaign to designate 30% of the Earth’s surface for protection by 2030, and 50% by 2050, in an effort to avert the extinction crisis.
In the meantime, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) believes the key is to appeal to the public by emphasizing the close relationship between people and animals. IFAW issued a report last month entitled “Thriving Together” in which they make the case that throughout history, humans have relied on animals for our very existence (undeniably true), and in order to achieve sustainable development, we must incorporate wildlife conservation and animal welfare into all our decision-making.
Why This Matters: The goal of the report was to gain greater public awareness of how close we are to a wave of extinctions that would make life on Earth much more difficult. But the MSM did not think this story was worth their time, and largely ignored it, according to Media Matters via Ecowatch. Of the network evening news shows, ABC and NBC made no mention of the UN Report — only CBS did a story on it. The only cable news shows to discuss it in prime time were CNN and Fox’s Brett Baier. Baier began his show saying “Many environmentalists are in a panic tonight over a new report,” but “as in all such cases, some humans say the report and the response are exaggerations.” And Baier ended the segment with a climate denier who said “This is politics, not science. The U.N. is trying to expand its base to include climate and species. They are looking for more treaties, more regulation. They have identified a problem, they’ve juiced it up, and put themselves in charge of solving the problem. That is called a self-interested lobbying organization.” We cannot turn this crisis around unless we can counter the unfounded arguments that Fox News is willing to broadcast in prime time.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer Monday, Botswanan officials announced their findings following an investigation into the sudden and mysterious deaths of 356 elephants. The investigation found that neurotoxins caused by an algal bloom in a large rain puddle poisoned the animals. However, many conservationists remain skeptical, largely because the government has yet to release […]
A trio of humpback whales was trapped for a few weeks well inland in an Australian river crawling with crocodiles — something never witnessed before, according to CNN. The whales caused quite a stir — they were stranded in the murky East Alligator River in Kakadu National Park in Australia and could not find their […]
The World Wildlife Fund’s recently released 2020 Living Planet report made one thing clear: the past 50 years have been an unsustainable path for biodiversity. Humans need nature, and the costs of ignoring the staggering loss of global wildlife populations (68% since 1970) are immense for our wellbeing and for that of our planet. To […]
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