Report calls for change of priorities and culture to avert catastrophic biodiversity loss

Governments need to ramp up investment in nature restoration and grow the tax burden on companies that degrade wildlife, according to recommendations made to the G7 group of rich nations.

The proposals are part of a developing debate on how to radically vary humanity’s relationship with nature in the wake of a brand-new UN mega-report that demonstrated an alarming decline in the Earth’s life-support systems.

The Global Assessment Report is the most comprehensive study of life on Earth ever initiated. It serves as a health check for the planet and is compiled by the United Nations Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services( IPBES) from more than 1,500 academic articles and reports from indigenous groups. The overall content is that the world’s life support systems, on which humen depend, are in trouble. Remedies are possible, but they require urgent, transformative action because plans up to now have failed to halt the tide of man-made extinctions. The authors hope the mega-report will guide policymakers and produce public discussion on biodiversity( including wildlife, food harvests, cattle and ecosystems) in the same way that the climate debate is shaped by reports from the Intergovernmental committee of experts on Climate Change.

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