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Old 06-14-2010, 02:22 PM   #1
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Loss of biodiversity could damage world economy, says UN
Emma Woollacott | Tue 11th May 2010, 03:41 am

Loss of biodiversity could damage world economy, says UN | TG Daily
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It's always worth appealing to peoples' pockets if appealing to their better nature doesn't work, and a new UN report warns that the world's loss of biodiversity is threatening national economies.
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"Humanity has fabricated the illusion that somehow we can get by without biodiversity or that it is somehow peripheral to our contemporary world: the truth is we need it more than ever on a planet of six billion heading to over nine billion people by 2050."

The report calls for a ramping-up of efforts to reduce biodiversity, including preventing nutrient pollution, cutting off the pathways for introduction alien invasive species, and introducing more sustainable practices in fisheries, forestry and agriculture.
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Default Nature loss 'to damage economies'

Nature loss 'to damage economies'
Page last updated at 7:27 GMT, Monday, 10 May 2010 8:27 UK
By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News

BBC News - Nature loss 'to damage economies'
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The Earth's ongoing nature losses may soon begin to hit national economies, a major UN report has warned.

The third Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3) says that some ecosystems may soon reach "tipping points" where they rapidly become less useful to humanity.

Such tipping points could include rapid dieback of forest, algal takeover of watercourses and mass coral reef death.

Last month, scientists confirmed that governments would not meet their target of curbing biodiversity loss by 2010.
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These include measures such as curbing the rate of habitat loss and degradation, protecting at least 10% of the Earth's ecological regions, controlling the spread of invasive species and making sure that international trade does not take any species towards extinction.
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