Graeme Taylor has won a bronze medal in the 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards for A Paramedic’s Tales. He is also the author of Evolution’s Edge: The Coming Collapse and Transformation of Our World, which won an IPPY gold medal in 2009.
Forests, soils, and oceans are the unsung heroes of our climate, storing the greenhouse gases that cause global heating. But humans are destroying more and more natural CO2 sinks, damaging our most successful tool to halt a climate catastrophe.
The wrapping of ecological disaster with fears of rampant immigration is a narrative that has flourished in far-right fringe movements in Europe and the US. It is now spilling into the discourse of mainstream politics.
Like natural systems, if social and economic structures are driven past their tipping points, they can flip with astonishing speed. Our last, best hope is to use those dynamics to trigger what scientists call “cascading regime shifts”.
World leaders must ban industrial fishing on the high seas to have a chance of preserving the ocean, the Earth’s “largest carbon-capturing and oxygen-generating system”, the deep-sea explorer and oceanographer Sylvia Earle has said.
George Monbiot says it’s time to stop buying into our own destruction. Instead of focusing on ‘micro consumerist bollocks’ like ditching our plastic coffee cups, we must challenge the pursuit of wealth and level down, not up.
Reducing methane emissions is seen as the biggest opportunity for slowing global heating by 2040. The UN wants a shift away from outsized meat and dairy industries, especially in high-income countries. Yet production continues to rise.
Australia’s 2030 emissions target is half the US and UK benchmarks. It has resisted joining the two-thirds of countries who have pledged net zero emissions by 2050. And instead of phasing out coal, it’s committed to digging for more.
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services has identified the main drivers of biodiversity loss: changes in land and sea use; exploitation of natural resources; climate change; pollution; and invasion of alien species.