Eduardo Brondizio, one of the world’s most eminent experts on the intersection of nature and human well-being, has served for three years as the co-chair of the United Nations’ IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) landmark new Global Assessment.
They have just launched a summary report of their findings to the public to international acclaim. The report draws attention to a wide range of existential risks we face with global climate change, in the context of development and economy, inequality and issues of indigenous peoples, as well as species extinction.
You can link to video recordings of all the sessions: https://www.ipbes.net/webcast-0 You can hear Eduardo’s opening presentation, starting at about the 28 minute, 30 second mark of the Media Launch section.
Links to samples of the news coverage:
Below you will find a long list of media coverage of the assessment.
Also of note: notes and actions by governments in Germany, Scotland, Canada, France.
US Congress: requests for two hearings on the findings of report:
The United States House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee - Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife (https://naturalresources.house.gov/subcommittees/water-oceans-and-wildlife) has requested “an oversight hearing entitled ‘United Nations Report on Biodiversity and Accelerating Extinction’ to be held on 22 May (World Biodiversity Day) at 10am. They have requested IPBES to send 3 experts – to cover the wider findings, ocean/fishery issues and water resources/hydropower.
The United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology - Subcommittee on Environment (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_Science_Subcommittee_on_Environment) has requested a similar hearing but focused on the broad findings of the Report. They have asked for 5 experts to be sent for a hearing on 4 June 2019 at 10am.
Of particular note:
A new report confirms that life on Earth is in trouble
The New Yorker
The U.N. Report on Extinction vs. Mike Pompeo at the Arctic Council
Can a dire ecological warning lead to action?
Did You Miss This Landmark U.N. Report on Biodiversity?
We’re Finally Starting to Realize the End of the Earth Means the End of Us
These Scientists Did More Than Tell Us We Were Doomed
The Guardian | George Monbiot
Stop eating fish. It’s the only way to save the life in our seas
Houston Chronicle, United States (15,841,226)
EDITORIAL: With a million species at risk of extinction, Houston we need to wake up to climate threats https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/With-a-million-species-at-risk-of-extinction-13834191.php
The U.N. says 1 million species could disappear. Pacific islands have a solution.
IPBES stories / references published at the NY Times (visits / month: 302 million)
At Le Monde
Biodiversité : l’humanité face à ses responsabilités
Chercheurs et gouvernants au chevet de la biodiversité https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2019/04/29/chercheurs-et-gouvernants-au-chevet-de-la-biodiversite_5456117_3244.html
Biodiversité : en France, un très riche patrimoine naturel en péril https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2019/04/29/biodiversite-en-france-un-tres-riche-patrimoine-naturel-en-peril_5456303_3244.html
Climat : « Nous dépendons fondamentalement de la diversité du vivant » https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2019/05/06/nous-dependons-fondamentalement-de-la-diversite-du-vivant_5458723_3232.html
Un million d’espèces en danger d’extinction https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2019/05/06/un-million-d-especes-en-danger-d-extinction_5458785_3244.html
Biodiversité : « La priorité est de réduire la part des produits animaux dans l’alimentation »
Les écosystèmes marins à la merci des activités humaines https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2019/05/06/les-ecosystemes-marins-a-la-merci-des-activites-humaines_5458820_3244.html
Les ministres de l’environnement du G7 ont adopté une charte pour la biodiversité
Emmanuel Macron se pose en défenseur de la biodiversité https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2019/05/07/emmanuel-macron-se-pose-en-defenseur-de-la-biodiversite_5459265_3244.html
(April 22 to 8 am May 10):
Different online news sites that published one or more articles: 5,814
Total hits at online news sites (earned media coverage): 18,893
Aggregate circulation / potential reach (online only, does not include radio, newspapers): 12.6 billion
Example editorials / commentaries:
Business as usual is not acceptable when it comes to protecting our planet
We’re in danger of killing off the biodiversity that makes our way of life possible
El País, Spain (potential reach: 17,577,802)
¿Somos capaces de detener esta locura? (Are we able to stop this madness?)
Reuters, via Yahoo! News, United States
New economics' - the way to save the planet? https://sports.yahoo.com/economics-way-save-planet-172204987.html
Financial Times, United Kingdom (5,598,231)
Decisive action now can save the world’s wildlife https://www.ft.com/content/448bca20-70b2-11e9-bbfb-5c68069fbd15
Forbes, United States (32,771,518)
The UN Says A Million Species Could Go Extinct; So Here's How We Fix Nature https://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2019/05/06/the-un-says-a-million-species-could-go-extinct-so-heres-how-we-fix-nature/
Globe and Mail, Canada
To preserve our species, the planet is our greatest ally
Chicago Tribune United States (5,421,360)
Parker: Report provides 1 million reasons for humans to wake up https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/opinion/ct-ptb-kathleen-parker-column-st-0509-story.html
Zeit Online, Germany (5,001,288)
Umweltschutz: Die Erde retten, jetzt aber wirklich! (Environmental Protection: Save the Earth, but now really!)
The Hindu India (3,281,640)
Circle of life: on economic growth factoring ecosystem https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/circle-of-life/article27072807.ece
The Indian Express, India (4,954,286)
El Tiempo, Colombia (3,996,515)
Biodiversidad en riesgo (biodiversity at risk)
New York Post United States (13,661,898)
Why caring about humankind means caring about biodiversity https://nypost.com/2019/05/07/why-caring-about-humankind-means-caring-about-biodiversity/
BBC News United Kingdom (12,751,644)
Five things we've learned from nature crisis study https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48133143
Quartz United States (6,739,080)
A million species are going extinct. Blame capitalism
Critical / contrary coverage:
One million species facing extinction? Not quite
US late night shows:
Forbes United States (32,771,518)
Avengers: Endgame' Is Proof That Thanos Did Nothing Wrong https://www.forbes.com/sites/jvchamary/2019/05/07/avengers-endgame-biodiversity/
(April 22 to 9 am May 9):
Different online news sites that published one or more articles: 5,702
Total hits at online news sites (earned media coverage): 18,757
Aggregate circulation / potential reach (online only, does not include radio, newspapers): 11 billion
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(April 22 to 10 am May 9):
Different online news sites that published one or more articles: 5,515
Total hits at online news sites (earned media coverage): 17,797
Aggregate circulation / potential reach (online only, does not include radio, newspapers): 10.4 billion
CNN, Jake Tapper
Wall Street Journal
Nature, Science, Financial Times, and too much more to list.
30+ newspaper front pages, including NYT, Washington Post, Globe and Mail
...others include El Pais, Le Figaro and many others.
IPBES is still #1 in the world news category, Google News UK, (and likely others counties), 6 am May 7
(April 22 to 9 am May 7):
Different online news sites that published one or more articles: 3,918
Total hits at online news sites (earned media coverage): 12,821
Aggregate circulation / potential reach (online only, does not include radio, newspapers): 7.7 billion
Of special note in the coverage:
Agence France Presse TV (news video, Team IPBES with Pres. Macron, Élysée Palace)
Macron annonce une série d'actions pour la biodiversité
France's Macron seeks new measures to protect biodiversity
French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday announced initiatives to protect biodiversity and the environment, following the publication of landmark UN report on the state of the natural world. "What is at stake is the very possibility of having a habitable Earth," Macron said after meeting in Paris with experts of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) which produced the report.
Actu Orange, Television
Biodiversité : les annonces très politiques d'Emmanuel Macron
Lundi 6 mai, le président de la République a annoncé une série de mesures pour la préservation de la biodiversité. Danielle Sportiello livre son décryptage sur le plateau de France 3.Retrouver toutes les infos sur la vidéo sur
Agence France Presse
Le G7 Environnement adopte une charte biodiversité
Les ministres de l'Environnement du G7 ont adopté lundi une charte pour la biodiversité, non contraignante, lors de leur réunion à Metz.
Radio France International
G7 meeting in Metz to take action on the environment
Scientists warn 1 million species threatened with extinction
The Weather Channel (with video):
UN Warns That 1 Million Species Risk Extinction Because of Humans and Nature Is Declining Faster than Ever | The Weather Channel
Nature is declining globally at a rate unprecedented in human history and the rate of species extinction is accelerating, a new UN report warns.
ITV news, UK
Up to a million species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction, warns major UN study
"Nature is declining at rates unprecedented in human history.”
ABC Television, USA
Human activity has put 1 million species at risk of extinction: UN report
https://abcnews.go.com/International/human-activity-put-million-species-risk-extinction-report/story?id=62852406 (edited) ABC News
Deutsche Welle Television (great clip of Bob)
Why biodiversity loss hurts humans as much as climate change
A UN-backed report says a million species are at risk of extinction, and warns biodiversity loss and failure to conserve ecosystems has catastrophic effects on people as well as nature.
CBS Television News, USA
1 million species of plants and animals at risk of extinction, U.N. report warns
A new United Nations report presents some troubling predictions for the planet
(+ more Reuters TV video):
One million species face extinction, U.N. report says. And humans will suffer as a result.
Reversing the trend will require nations to jointly confront the loss of biodiversity, along with climate change, the report says.
UN report: 1 million plant and animal species nearing extinction | USA TODAY
Washington Post column:
Opinion | We’re killing off our planet, and our enlightenment may come too late
A U.N. report’s findings will be widely noted and lamented; its recommendations widely ignored.
Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace
Extinctions increasing at unprecedented pace, UN study warns
1) Humans 'threaten 1m species with extinction'
A compelling UN assessment shows the full picture of humanity's devastating impact on biodiversity and nature.
2) Nature crisis: 'Shocking' report details threat to species
3) What does a biodiversity emergency mean for humans?
4) Four things to expect this week
5) Nature loss: Report to show scale of 'silent crisis'
6) Nature's emergency: Where we are in five graphics
7) Biodiversity heroes: The teenagers saving Madagascar's wildlife
8) Climate change being fuelled by soil damage - report
1) op-ed, Bob Watson:
Loss of biodiversity is just as catastrophic as climate change; Nature is being eroded at rates unprecedented in human history, says scientist Robert Watson
2) Column, Chris Packham
We are full of bright ideas to solve ecological problems. So let’s act on them
3) The battle to save the world's biggest bumblebee from European invaders | Alison Benjamin
The Associated Press, via Bloomberg News:
New UN Report Says Nature Is in Worst Shape in Human History
"Humanity unwittingly is attempting to throttle the living planet and humanity's own future."
One million species at risk of extinction, UN report warns
A landmark global assessment warns that the window is closing to safeguard biodiversity and a healthy planet. Yet solutions are in sight.
EL PAÍS, Spain
1) Entrevista | “Esta batalla también se libra en el interior de cada ciudadano”
El informe, presentado este lunes en París, sostiene que un millón de especies animales y vegetales están amenazadas de extinción
2) Un millón de especies, amenazadas de extinción a un ritmo sin precedentes
El mayor informe sobre biodiversidad, auspiciado por la ONU, advierte del impacto de la acción humana
Scientists warn of grave impacts from loss of natural world
The accelerating loss of plant and animal species will have grave consequences
'Transformative changes' are needed to save nature and ourselves, major climate report claims
A range of "transformative changes" -- like a revamped food production system and reworked financial sector -- are needed to save nature and humanity, according to the first United Nations assessment on the state of nature in 15 years.
(Note AP Television coverage embedded)
A UN report is concerned about 1 million species going extinct, but its solutions are dead wrong
A new United Nations report tells us that human activity is basically slaughtering the wildlife out there, killing off the species upon which our own existence is reliant.