Individual action on climate change – A demonstrator at the People’s Climate March (2017)
As United Nations scientists have argued that to save the planet, advanced countries must address the crises of climate change and species loss collectively, and take action that addresses both, and not just one.
A joint report issued Thursday by a number of United Nations scientific bodies investigating climate change and biodiversity loss found there are ways to tackle both global issues at the same time, but some solutions toward warming could hasten the extinction of plants and animals.
Political responses to climate change and biodiversity loss have been largely hidden with differing government agencies in charge, said co-author Pamela McElwee, a human ecologue at Rutgers University.
“Protecting and restoring high-carbon ecosystems,”Pete Smith
Conservation and recovery of high carbon ecosystems, like tropical forests and peat bogs, should be a top priority, said co-author Pete Smith, a Plant Soil Scientist at the University of Aberdeen.
“Climate change and biodiversity loss are threatening human well-being as well as society,”Hans-Otto Portner
“Climate change and biodiversity loss are threatening human well-being as well as society,” said Hans-Otto Portner, a German biologist who participates in monitoring the World Panel on Climate Change’ s Impact Group.
Earth’s naturally changing climate drove evolution, including those of humans, but once humans in developed countries began to pump fossil fuel into the air, it created cascading problems, Portner said.
“There are many ways to solve both problems simultaneously,” the report said.
“This report is an important milestone,”Simon Lewis
‘This report is an important milestone,’ said Simon Lewis, chair of the Global Change Research Centre at University College London, who was not involved with the report.