Earth Overshoot Day 2019 Is July 29th, the Earliest Ever

On July 29, humanity will have used nature’s resource budget for the entire year, according to Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability organization that has pioneered the Ecological Footprint. The Ecological Footprint adds up all of people’s competing demands for biologically productive areas – food, timber, fibers, carbon sequestration, and …

Heat Stress Could Destroy 80m Jobs and Cost $2.4bn a Year

An increase in heat stress at work linked to climate change is projected to cost the global economy the equivalent of $2.4 billion (£1.9bn) a year and lead to tens of millions of job losses. That’s according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), which warns heat stress will have a …

UN Predicts Dire Future for Planet Unless People Change Their Ways Now

Mother Earth got a bad health report from the United Nations this week, and the scientific team that conducted the exam didn’t shirk from delivering the bad news. The word “dire” comes to mind. The assessment is contained in the sixth Global Environmental Outlook, a 708-page compendium of the planet’s …

Pay More Attention to Forests to Avert Global Water Crisis, Researchers Urge

Australia’s Murray Darling basin covers more than a million square kilometers (approximately 386,000 square miles), 14 percent of the country’s landmass. It’s the site of tens of thousands of wetlands, but increasing demand for water has stretched its resources to the limit. Many of the basin’s wetlands and floodplain forests …

Red List Research Finds 26,000 Global Species under Extinction Threat

More than 26,000 of the world’s species are now threatened, according to the latest red list assessment of the natural world, adding to fears the planet is entering a sixth wave of extinctions. New research, particularly in Australia, has widened the scope of the annual stocktake, which is compiled by …

A Third of World’s Nature Reserves Severely Degraded by Human Activity

A third of global protected areas such as national parks have been severely degraded by human activities in what researchers say is a stunning reality check of efforts by nations to stall biodiversity loss. A University of Queensland-led study, published on Friday in the prestigious academic journal Science, analysed human …