Tuesday, 7 May 2019

What Took Them So Long?

A substantial UN report claims that there is an imminent human-mediated loss of biodiversity that could mean a collapse of the ecological cycles on which our lives depend (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/06/biodiversity-climate-change-mass-extinctions). It is good that the information (on all environments and all countries) has been gathered together to generate a bit of timely publicity but this information has been broadly apparent to scientists and others for decades. The claim that we might be able to prevent millions of extinctions by 'doing our bit' is , in my view, overly optimistic (especially when conspiracy theorists are still arguing, for example, that a plan for a carbon tax is just a devious way to bringing about 'world government' by a cabal). It is also unclear about how the world population of humans (and their increasing individual demands) can be curtailed in a fair and acceptable manner.

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