Save the humans

April 2005
New Scientist;4/2/2005, Vol. 186 Issue 2493, p5
The article focuses on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), a $24 million multi-agency report published in April 2005. It focuses instead on the importance of ecosystems to people: how they feed and water us, clothe us and help us stay warm and dry. And though it contains few surprises--it is hardly hot news that we are destroying our ecosystems at an ever increasing rate--its message is explosive. The MA highlights the gulf between the way we run our world and what ecosystems need to flourish. It is self-evident that nature ignores national frontiers; yet policies are set mainly at the national level, so damage inflicted by one country may have huge impact in another.


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