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Beyond Polar Bears: Biodiversity Loss Threatens Life in the Arctic


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In late April, the Seventh Session of the Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) met in Paris, France. The goal for the 132 member governments and contributing institutions was to summarise the magnitude of ecological destruction on the planet and map the way forward. Their Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services found that only four of 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets will be met. Biodiversity declines will undermine 80% of the Sustainable Development Goals, including those related to poverty, world hunger, and public health. Declines in biodiversity and ecosystem services are projected continue through 2050 and beyond in almost every future the experts modelled. The only scenario that avoided this future was one that includes transformative change to how our societies and economies operate.

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