CLT and Climate Change
“Science News” Article: Species and Climate Change 

 

Here are some points made in the article, echoing themes we've presented in this space previously. Your land trust, and land trusts around the country and around the world have been and continue pursuing these same goals.

 

Plants and animals are increasingly threatened by human activities and habitat encroachment. ... The scale of this potential loss has many countries worried. Aside from its inherent value, the natural world makes the planet livable through processes like cleaning the air, filtering water, cycling carbon dioxide and pollinating crops. So to stem this biodiversity loss, governments are now working to draft ambitious plans to set aside more space for natural habitats. ... One basic goal is to preserve what’s left. Humans have altered more than three-fourths of Earth’s surface, and of the 14 terrestrial biomes — such as tropical rainforest, tundra or desert — eight have less than 10 percent of undeveloped wilderness remaining ... An idea like this is not unprecedented. In 2011, more than 190 countries agreed to 20 conservation goals, collectively referred to as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as part of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity. ... The Aichi Targets acknowledged two key reasons for preserving the planet. “We have a responsibility to be stewards of the planet, because nature is important in and of itself,” says Jane Lubchenco, a marine ecologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis and a former director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “But also because people benefit directly from healthy, productive and resilient ecosystems and abundant biodiversity.

Read the entire article at https://www.sciencenews.org/article/nature-will-protecting-30-percent-earth-prevent-extinction-crisis . Better yet, subscribe to "Science News" for all things science. It is a worthwhile resource for those so inclined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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