Tag Archives: ecosystems

Forty Percent of World Population Threatened by Ongoing Land Degradation

More than 75 percent of the Earth's land surface had suffered severely as a result of human land degradation as of 2014, IPBES highlights. Experts estimate that less than one-tenth of the Earth's land surface will have escaped substantial impacts of human activity come 2050.

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The Vital Role of Forests: Carbon, Rain and Food

Forests provide ecosystem services vital to all life

We are coming to a better understanding of the vital role that forests play in the general health of planetary ecosystems.  However, alongside our burgeoning awareness, we are also destroying forests in our quest for more land and lumber. Deforestation is eliminating the Earth’s forests on a massive scale. Each day at least 80,000 acres (32,300 ha) of forest disappear and another 80,000 acres …

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Global Warming and the Spread of Disease

Westerners instinctively think that the worst effect of global warming is the melting ice cap of the North Pole. We tend to reserve the other effects of global warming for developing nations. But now that politicians also have woken up to the fact that we’re already halfway down the path toward causing a 2 degree rise in temperatures by injecting some 520 billion tonnes …

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