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The policy failures to deal with climate change moved up from #5 in 2018 to #2 in 2019, which is not surprising given that the UN Climate Report and the US Fourth Climate Assessment have been in the headlines and fires and storms have been in the headlines for months.
In addition, the survey highlighted a different environmental issue — the accelerating pace of biodiversity loss is a particular concern.
The Executive Summary states that “[s]pecies abundance is down by 60% since 1970. In the human food chain, biodiversity loss is affecting health and socioeconomic development, with implications for well-being, productivity, and even regional security.”
The authors worry about a “vicious circle” of urbanization that “concentrates people and buildings in areas of potential damage, while also increasing risks, by destroying natural sources of resilience, such as mangrove forests, or increasing strain on groundwater reserves.”
Why This Matters: The line expression “sleepwalking into catastrophe” is both memorable and apt. It is hard to know what will wake us up from our complacency. Global elites are increasingly worried but what are they doing about it. How are these influencers acting on their concerns?? The only people who seem to really feel the urgency are young people — see our Heroes of the Week below. We hope that more and more young people will keep raising their voices. They have historically been at the heart of social movements.
A recently-published study in Science Advances found that climate change predictions that relied only on historical data underestimated by about half the actual number of extremely hot days in Europe and East Asia, and the number of extremely wet days in the U.S., Europe, and East Asia. This paper illustrates how even small increases in global […]
Among the sea of online posts, hashtags like #ClimateStrikeOnline, and #FridaysForFuture continually pop up to show hundreds of videos and photos where people are coming together to protest in a new way.
Why This Matters: This new form of climate protest being taken on during the global pandemic is quickly becoming a part of our new reality due to a crisis caused by our unsustainable practices.