World Leaders, Media Ignore Biodiversity Report Detailing Mass Extinction Event Now Underway

Source:  Commondreams.org

“The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever,” the panel’s chairman, Sir Robert Watson said in a statement.

By rapidly expanding livestock and crop production, degrading land, concentrating activity in urban areas at more than double the rate than two decades ago, and increasing pollution by tenfold since 1980, humans are “eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide,” Watson said.

Scientists at the UN’s Intergovernmental Science‑Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released a study showing that a million species are at risk for extinction earlier this month—but the report was largely ignored by the corporate news media. (Photo: Danny Perez Photography/flickr/cc)

‘What Could Be More Important?’: World Leaders, Media Ignore Biodiversity Report Detailing Mass Extinction Event Now Underway

“The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever.”

Scientists at the United Nations’ intergovernmental body focusing on biodiversity sounded alarms earlier this month with its report on the looming potential extinction of one million species—but few heard their calls, according to a German newspaper report.

Deutsche Welle reported Thursday that partially because the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released its report on what it called nature’s “unprecedented” decline on the same day that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had their first child, news reports on the study’s grave implications were few and far between.

While some international and progressive outlets—including Common Dreams—published high-profile stories on the report when it was released, just two of Britain’s national newspapers included any reporting about biodiversity on their front pages on May 7, the day after the royal baby was born to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.


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  1. It is urgent we all put ecosystems, biodiversity at the top of our important list. We must keep as many green spaces as pristine as possible. Our wild horses are important to maintain biodiversity. They spread the seeds for forest growth and new plant to grow. We must fight to keep our wild horses on the ranges as much as possible. Please to those of you who are making a difference, contact all representatives and tell them this is a priority. Our wild horses must be kept in tact. Our national parks must also be kept in place, never sold to logging, mining, fracking etc. We must continue to educate others on the importance of these things. I have made a promise to myself to educate others daily on the importance of keeping our oceans, land open spaces in tact for future generations to come. Me must do this before we lose our fresh water tracts all over the world. Stop using pesticides. We have to bring back our bees that pollinate our fruits, flowers and veggies. Plant a bee and butterfly garden at home. DO IT PLEASE FOR MOTHER EARTH AND OUR SPECIES. STOP USING PESTICIDES.

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  2. Why Is It Important to Care About the Environment?
    The ecosystem (ALL ALL ALL the communities of living organisms found in a specific place, their habitats and their interactions) in which we live provides natural services for humans and all other species that are essential to our health, quality of life and survival.



    Mesa Verde denies access to horse roundup
    Access to federal government actions is a First Amendment right, court says
    By Jim Mimiaga Journal Staff Writer
    Monday, April 29, 2019

    Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer banned media coverage of the roundup in an email April 24

    “If a government agency restricts public access, the media’s only recourse is the court system,” the appeals court said. “The free press is the guardian of the public interest, and the independent judiciary is the guardian of the free press. Thus, courts have a duty to conduct a thorough and searching review of any attempt to restrict public access.”



    • Although I do agree, we also need to remember that the FOIA process is SLOW and that the government has an unlimited amount of money (our money!) to fight our law suits and often delay (one way or the other) giving us the information that should be given to the public up-front to start with. As we saw last year the BLM removed a LOT of data that had been online and now provides the public only with sugar-coated information that THEY want us to see.

      In addition, tools that the public previously had easy access to have become very complicated to find if we can find it at all – such as the RAS (range administration system) that told us what grazing allotments were active and the number and kind of livestock allowed in that allotment and the dates that the livestock were allowed and the owner of the allotment in addition to maps.


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