Though rather buried in the media by attention to
various Popes & Politicians the Millennium Ecosystem
Assessment Synthesis Report appears to be getting some
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"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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