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Environmental Degradation Poses Triple Threat to Humans: UNEP Assessment

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Environmental degradation poses triple threat to humansIn accordance with the scientific assessment by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) titled “Making Peace With Nature”, climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution are posing a triple threat to human health due to environmental degradation.

  • There is a massive need of adopting renewable energy methods and eliminating habitat loss for saving our future generations from unacceptable risks.
  • The lead author of the report is Robert Watson, Ivar A. Baste .

Key Points:

–World is on track to be at least 3°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100.

–The extraction of natural resources and energy has tripled in the last 50 years due to a  fivefold increase in the global economy.

–Average prosperity has doubled over the last five decades, still around 1.3 billion people are classed as poor and 700 million go to bed hungry each night.

–Notably, a progress being made to eliminate poverty and hunger is posing environmental degradation.

–The world is moving towards at least three degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100 in contrast to the Paris climate deal of limiting warming to “well below” 2C and to a safer cap of 1.5C if possible.

–The assessment recommended the expansion of protected areas to allow more space for wild species, and address the drivers of forest loss, such as unsustainable farming and food waste.

Recent Related News:

i.On January 14, 2021, the 5th edition of United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Adaptation Gap Report 2020 was launched during a high-level online press event. The report was produced by UNEP in collaboration with UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP) and the World Adaptation Science Programme (WASP).

ii.The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report titled “Global Climate Litigation Report: 2020 Status Review”. The report was published by UNEP in cooperation with the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, New York.

About United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):
Executive Director– Inger Andersen
Headquarters– Nairobi, Kenya