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Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Synthesis Report

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  • Phil Slade
    Though rather buried in the media by attention to various Popes & Politicians the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Synthesis Report appears to be getting some
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 20, 2005
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      Though rather buried in the media by attention to
      various Popes & Politicians the Millennium Ecosystem
      Assessment Synthesis Report appears to be getting some
      coverage again.

      Download it here -
      http://www.millenniumassessment.org/en/index.aspx


      "A landmark study reveals that approximately 60
      percent of the ecosystem services that support life on
      Earth – such as fresh water, capture fisheries, air
      and water regulation, and the regulation of regional
      climate, natural hazards and pests – are being
      degraded or used unsustainably. Scientists warn that
      the harmful consequences of this degradation could
      grow significantly worse in the next 50 years.

      Any progress achieved in addressing the goals of
      poverty and hunger eradication, improved health, and
      environmental protection is unlikely to be sustained
      if most of the ecosystem services on which humanity
      relies continue to be degraded,” said the study,
      Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) Synthesis Report,
      conducted by 1,300 experts from 95 countries. It
      specifically states that the ongoing degradation of
      ecosystem services is a road block to the Millennium
      Development Goals agreed to by the world leaders at
      the United Nations in 2000.

      Although evidence remains incomplete, there is enough
      for the experts to warn that the ongoing degradation
      of 15 of the 24 ecosystem services examined is
      increasing the likelihood of potentially abrupt
      changes that will seriously affect human well-being.
      This includes the emergence of new diseases, sudden
      changes in water quality, creation of “dead zones”
      along the coasts, the collapse of fisheries, and
      shifts in regional climate."

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