The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” it states.
The wicked challenges facing our planet and our communities demand a different way of thinking. We should not shy away from the complexities of climate change, nor the challenges of environmental degradation and the impact human activity has on ecosystems...Because there is hope.
Thomas Crowther wants to restore the planet, but first he needs to know how many trees, fungi, worms and microbes live on it...Crowther’s maps are bouncing onto the pages of leading science journals — five so far this year in Science and Nature alone — and he has just won the British Ecological S
When Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral-reef system, was hit by record-breaking marine heat waves that bleached two-thirds of it in 2016 and 2017, many researchers were left in a state of shock.
Difficulties in scaling up theoretical and experimental results have raised controversy over the consequences of biodiversity loss for the functioning of natural ecosystems. Using a global survey of reef fish assemblages, we show that in contrast to previous theoretical and experimental studies, ecosystem functioning (as measured by standing biomass) scales in a nonsaturating manner with biodiversity (as measured by species and functional richness) in this ecosystem.
After a week of negotiations in Paris, the United Nations’ biodiversity science and body, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), finalised the first global assessment of the state of planet’s health on Saturday.
The Forum will build on the success of the first OESF held in Brisbane, Australia in 2017, which raised the profile of the value of ecosystems in decision-making in the Oceania region.