A United Nations report was published yesterday which revealed alarming news about the state of our planet. Decades of pushing the boundaries of nature by over-developing areas of the world which are crucial to the eco-system has left us teetering on the edge of disaster.
Unprecedented Threat To Plants & Animals
In an article on the report in inews Tom Bawden wrote that:
“Future generations across the world are at risk of starvation and thirst as decades of breakneck development pushes natures safety net near to breaking point, the United Nations warns today.
“Over-development and intensive farming mean the natural world faces the unprecedented threat of a million plant and animal species becoming extinct, many within decades, according to the most comprehensive report ever undertaken of the state of the world’s nature.
“Consequently future generations will face severe food and drink shortages and problems related to global warming unless urgent action is taken to tackle the loss of plants, insects, fish and other species people rely on for food, pollination, clean water and a stable climate.
Urban Development & Intensive Farming Etc Have Hit Plants & Animals
“The 1,800 page report finds that the population of the average native land-based species has declined by at least a fifth in most major habitats across the world since 1900 as climate change, urban development, air and plastic pollution and intensive farming have hit plants and animals almost everywhere.
“About 10 per cent of the world’s insect species and more than a third of its marine mammals are threatened with extinction, as a result of ocean warming and pollution, while at least 680 vertebrate species have disappeared from the planet since the 16th Century, according to the report, written by more than 500 researchers from 50 countries.
“Furthermore, the record rate of species decline will continue unless world leaders take urgent action to combat climate change, pollution and land use – something they hope the report will spur them into.
“The essential web of life on Earth is getting smaller and increasingly frayed. This loss is a direct result of human activity and constitutes a direct threat to human wellbeing in all regions of the world,” added another lead author, Professor Settele, of the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig.
“The amount of the world classed as urban has more than doubled since 1992, while three quarters of its land and two thirds of its oceans have been “significantly altered” by human actions, the report finds.
“More than a third of the world’s land surface and nearly 75 per cent of freshwater resources are now devoted to crop or livestock production.
The Situation Is Dire But Not Hopeless
Although the situation is dire there is still thankfully some hope for the future but only if both local and global authorities take action now. This is something very close to our heart here at Global Foods Ltd, which of course it should be, so we thought it was well worth sharing the news of the report on our blog. Let`s all do as much as we can to help save the planet.