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Bleak outlook for humanity due to climate change: scientists

DPA

Madrid / 22.01.2021 10:59:48

A study carried out by experts from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) warned that the deterioration of nature puts people’s quality of life at risk and poses a bleak outlook full of devastating natural phenomena and famines in the near future.

This systematic review is based on the Global Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Science and Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which in 2019 provided the most comprehensive assessment to date of the decline of nature and the loss of biodiversity, when he emphasized that one million species of plants and animals face extinction.

Specifically, the PNAS review assesses how biodiversity loss affects human well-being. Distinguish between potential contributions from nature, contributions made, environmental conditions, and impact on quality of life.

To do this, material and non-material indicators, including greenhouse gas concentration, pest control, and cultural awareness were used to assess whether trends were worsening, nearly the same, or improving since 1970.

Growing areas will be affected by climate change

In the context of agriculture, the review underscores that people face interrelated risks, such as declining crop yields, declining pollinator populations, and reduced soil productivity.

Even increases in areas such as the volume of production of agricultural products are a warning, as trends in human food health differ according to variables such as region and socioeconomic context.

« Nature contributes to our health and well-being in many ways, and our actions put these benefits at risk, » the researchers cautioned.

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