Environment Global Risks Report

Climate Fires and Political Flame Wars Rage

• Severe threats to our climate account for all of the Global Risks Report’s top long-term risks, with “economic confrontations” and “domestic political polarization” recognized as significant short-term risks in 2020 • It warns that geopolitical turbulence and the retreat from multilateralism threatens everyone’s ability to tackle shared, critical global risks • Without urgent attention…

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Environment Arctic Report Card

Arctic Report Card: Record territory for warm temperatures, loss of snow and ice

Annual update charts ongoing impact of changing conditions on environment, communities   NOAA’s 14th Arctic Report Card recounts the numerous geophysical and biological changes that occurred in the northern polar region during 2019, with near-record high air and ocean temperatures and melting of the Greenland ice sheet, low sea-ice extents, and shifts in the distribution…

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Environment World Economic Forum

Half of World’s GDP Moderately or Highly Dependent on Nature

The latest science tells us that about 25% of our assessed plant and animal species are threatened by human actions, with a million species facing extinction, many within decades Businesses are more dependent on nature than previously thought, with approximately $44 trillion of economic value generation moderately or highly dependent on nature Construction, agriculture, and…

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Environment Campaign for Nature

UN Convention on Biodiversity Proposes Protection of at Least 30 Percent of the Planet by 2030

Protecting areas of particular importance for biodiversity The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity has released its ‘zero draft’ text proposal for a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Featured in the text is a target to protect at least 30% of the planet — land and sea — by 2030. The draft text is a proposed…

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Climate Change WMO Global Climate Statement

2019 concludes a decade of exceptional global heat and high-impact weather

The year 2019 concludes a decade of exceptional global heat, retreating ice and record sea levels driven by greenhouse gases from human activities. Average temperatures for the five-year (2015-2019) and ten-year (2010-2019) periods are almost certain to be the highest on record. 2019 is on course to be the second or third warmest year on…

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