Wanted: another planet Earth by 2030

Megan Evans

The latest Living Planet Report was released yesterday by WWF and the Global Footprint Network, which finds we are now using resources and producing carbon dioxide at a rate 50 percent faster than the Earth can sustain.

Key terms used in the 2010 Living Planet Report (by wordle) © WWF / Wordle


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Biodiversity 100: actions for Australia

In this International Year of Biodiversity, the Conference of Parties (COP10) will meet this month to adopt a new target to slow the global loss of biodiverity. The Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) was ratified in 1993, and in 2002 a commitment was agreed upon by all Parties to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on Earth.

A pair of dingos in Northern Territory, Australia. Photograph: Arco Images/Alamy. From the Guardian.

It is clear that there has been a complete failure to meet the CBD 2010 targets. The rate of loss of biodiversity is alarming, poverty is still rife and the consumption of the Earth’s natural resources is occurring at an unprecedented rate – in a time when the world needs to reduce it’s emissions in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

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Celebrating our biodiversity

Jessica Walsh

This year has been declared as the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity. It aims to promote the valuable role biodiversity plays in our lives, increase awareness about its threatened state, and highlight what people are doing to reduce the rate of global species loss. We, as citizens of the world, are invited to act in 2010 towards safeguarding the life on earth. Continue reading Celebrating our biodiversity