A new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) lays out the gravity of Earth’s triple environmental emergencies – climate, biodiversity loss, and pollution – through a synthesis of findings from major global assessments.
Economic growth has brought uneven gains in prosperity to a fast-growing global population, leaving 1.3 billion people poor, while tripling the extraction of natural resources to damaging levels and creating a planetary emergency.
Despite a temporary decline in emissions due to the pandemic, Earth is heading for at least 3°C of global warming this century; more than 1 million of the estimated 8 million plant and animal species are at substantially increased risk of extinction, and diseases caused by pollution are currently killing some 9 million people prematurely every year.
Environmental degradation is impeding progress towards ending poverty and hunger, reducing inequalities and promoting sustainable economic growth, work for all and peaceful and inclusive societies.
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