Missing the Target

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A study recently published in the journal Science concludes that the biodiversity targets set in 2002 by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity will not be met, partly because of “woefully inadequate” implementation of national and international policies. Analysis of over 30 indicators shows that not only is biodiversity loss not decreasing, but threats (including climate change and habitat loss) are actually increasing. With nearly all species and ecosystems in decline, the study’s authors from UNEP and IUCN are advocating for global action to “act now to save all life on Earth before we reach breaking point.” A BBC report on the study can be found here.

3 May 2010

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