Today has seen some of the starkest warnings yet on how the failure to grasp the severity of the impacts that climate change and biodiversity loss will have for human could trigger conflict, disease, and mass migration – how should businesses respond?
Planet Earth is facing a “ghastly future of mass extinction, declining health, and climate-disruption upheavals” thanks to a broad failure to grasp the urgency of the biodiversity and climate crises that could genuinely threaten human survival.
That is the stark warning issued today by an international group of scientists drawn from universities from Mexico to Australia, who have outlined their concerns in a paper published in Frontiers in Conservation Science that references more than 150 studies detailing the full scale of the world’s inter-related environmental challenges.
“The scale of the threats to the biosphere and all its lifeforms – including humanity – is in fact so great that it is difficult to grasp for even well-informed experts,” the scientists write.
“[The] mainstream is having difficulty grasping the magnitude of this loss, despite the steady erosion of the fabric of human civilisation,” the report adds, citing the delay between the degradation of the natural world and the impacts that arise from unsustainable activities as a key factor fuelling broad political and public indifference in the face of escalating risks. The spectre of such impacts should be galvanising urgent action, it adds, warning that climate-induced mass migrations, pandemics, and conflicts over resources will be inevitable unless sweeping measures are