One Cool Thing: Key UN Global Biodiversity Report Due Out Today

Today the UN will release its latest scientific assessment on the state of the global environment — this one is on biodiversity, and specifically how well the world did in meeting its goal of protecting 10% of the planet by the end of this year.  The UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO-5) is also expected to look ahead to achieving the next big goal of 30% of the planet under some form of protection by 2030.  The UN says that the report will provide a combination of achievable actions needed to protect nature, ecosystems, and nature’s contributions to people, and presents pathways to reach new targets for by 2030.  Looking at how extreme events tied to climate change are battering our natural world — from wildfires to floods to sea-level rise — the stakes for protecting our planet’s nature-based life support systems could not be higher.

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