Latest Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Stories

2008-03-11 06:00:00

By Mainka, Susan A McNeely, Jeffrey A; Jackson, William J A new paradigm is emerging in the world of environmental conservation. Conservationists have traditionally spoken of conserving the building blocks of nature-genes, species, and ecosystems, along with the air, water, and land with which these interact. But this approach has not captured the interest of those who influence the activities that degrade these building blocks. The drivers of degradation-including habitat loss and...

2005-07-12 20:25:41

WASHINGTON DC, US -- Launched today, the fourth Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) report, Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Opportunities and Challenges for Business and Industry, synthesizes and integrates findings related to both small and large businesses throughout the industrial and developing world. The 34-page report connects the dots between environmental changes and the private sector. The report highlights ways in which businesses depend on services provided by ecosystems, how...

2005-06-16 09:35:00

Growing desertification worldwide threatens to swell by millions the number of poor forced to seek new homes and livelihoods. And a rising number of large, intense dust storms plaguing many areas menace the health of people even continents away, international experts warn in a new report. Thick storms rising out of the Gobi Desert affect much of China, Korea and Japan and even reduce air quality over North America, according to Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Desertification Synthesis. The...

2005-05-22 17:55:00

MONTREAL (AFP) -- An unprecedented effort is required between now and 2010 to stop further deterioration of the planet's fragile biodiversity, according to a UN report that compiled the work of 1,300 researchers. In fact, 2010 may be too late, say the authors of the report, pleading with governments, NGOs, international organizations and companies to immediately put in place longterm conservation plans. According to the report published this week in Montreal, "The world in 2100 could have...

2005-03-30 15:40:00

LONDON (AP) -- Growing populations and expanding economic activity have strained the planet's ecosystems over the past half century, a trend that threatens international efforts to combat poverty and disease, a U.N.-sponsored study of the Earth's health warned on Wednesday. The four-year, $24 million study - the largest-ever to show how people are changing their environment - found that humans had depleted 60 percent of the world's grasslands, forests, farmlands, rivers and lakes. Unless...

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