Global ecological disaster predicted in next 50 years

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 07 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:809
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Humanity is heading for ecological disaster if instead of foreseeing and preventing environmental degradation we just react to it. This is the conclusion of a United Nations report compiled by 1300 leading scientists from 95 countries.

    The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Synthesis Report previews the ecological state of the world in 2050. It lists 24 essential “ecosystem services,” such as timber, clean air, and fresh water, and finds that 60% of them are being degraded or used unsustainably.

    This degradation obstructs the UN Millennium Development Goals, …

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