"Britain and Canada on Monday (28 September) joined the European Union
in pledging to protect 30% of their land and seas by 2030 to stem
“catastrophic” biodiversity loss and help galvanise support for broader
agreement on the target ahead of a UN summit.
With the twin crises of climate change and wildlife loss accelerating,
leaders are trying to build momentum ahead of the meeting in Kunming,
China, in May, where nearly 200 countries will negotiate a new agreement
on protecting nature.
“We must act now – right now. We cannot afford dither and delay because
biodiversity loss is happening today and it is happening at a
frightening rate. Left unchecked, the consequences will be catastrophic
for us all,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
“Extinction is forever – so our action must be immediate.”
Without action, 30% to 50% of all species could be lost by 2050,
threatening economic and social prosperity, a report by The Nature
Conservancy charity this month said. For example, losing bees,
butterflies and other pollinators could cause a drop in annual
agricultural output worth $217 billion.
Scientists have said a minimum of 30% of the planet must be safeguarded,
through protected areas and conservation. A draft of the Kunming
agreement includes this pledge."
Via Glyn Moody.
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