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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.
By WW0 Staff For the United States, the post-Trump, pre-COP26 road to Glasgow has been paved with ambition and humility. In a major speech, the President’s Envoy, John Kerry, previewed the results of his climate diplomacy before heading into two weeks of intense deliberations of world leaders. Speaking at the London School of Economics — […]
Next week, the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow will draw hundreds of world leaders to Glasgow to determine the path forward five years after the Paris Climate Agreement (for a primer, read this) as new science underscores the urgency. The conference aims to squeeze countries to strengthen the commitments they’ve made towards securing global net-zero […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor In a report released last week, the Department of Defense (DOD) confirmed that existing risks and security challenges in the US are being made worse due to “increasing temperatures; changing precipitation patterns; and more frequent, intense, and unpredictable extreme weather conditions caused by climate change. Now, the Pentagon is […]
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