Global warming, ocean acidification and now – biodiversity loss.
The UN biodiversity conference in Nagoya, Japan, has claimed that, “We Are Destroying Life on Earth.”
First there was the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Now there is going to be the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as proposed at Nagoya.
As noted in a news release, “The (IPBES) independent platform will in many ways mirror the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).”
The actors are the same as those who gave us climate change caused by CO2 emissions. For example, Nathalie Rey, of Greenpeace, said, “If our planet is to sustain life on Earth in the future and be rescued from the brink of environmental destruction, we need action by governments to protect our oceans and forests and to halt biodiversity loss.”
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is another participant.
Studies were released to coincide with the UN meeting under way in Nagoya. One study was by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, (IUCN).
Andrew Terry, of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, said, “The demand for natural resources in developing countries has shot through the roof.”
Delegates at the conference from nearly 200 countries have been asked to establish new goals for 2020 for stopping diversity loss.
They speak of “tipping points” and how we are on the verge of another environmental catastrophe.
And of course, they say that the United States should help pay developing countries preserve their diversity, the same way the IPCC said we should pay developing countries to help them cut CO2 emissions.
Any concerted effort to stop the loss of species will affect energy production as well as nearly every facet of modern living.
The remedies will be to limit how we use the water, fields and oceans. New rules will curtail mining for coal, mining for uranium, mining for copper used by industry, using water for cooling, drilling for oil and drilling for natural gas.
The media blitz has already begun: Even the Wall Street Journal had an article on the UN conference captioned, “A War Against Extinction.”
Everyone interested in preserving our economy, creating jobs and making certain we have the energy we need for growth will need to be alert to this new “crisis.”[Scroll down for earlier articles.]
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