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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 05:29 AM

Climate and economic risks 'threaten 2008-style systemic collapse'

Until recently, most studies of environmental risk tended to examine threats in isolation: climate scientists examined disruption to weather systems, biologists focused on ecosystem loss and economists calculated potential damages from intensifying storms and droughts. But a growing body of research is assessing how the interplay of these factors can create a cascade of tipping points in human society as well as the natural world.

The new paper This is a Crisis: Facing up to the Age of Environmental Breakdown is a meta-study of dozens of academic papers, government documents and NGO reports compiled by IPPR, a leftwing thinktank that is considered an influence on Labour policy.

The authors examine how the deterioration of natural infrastructure, such as a stable climate and fertile land, have a knock-on effect on health, wealth, inequality and migration, which in turn heightens the possibility of political tension and conflict.

The paper stresses the human impacts go beyond climate change and are occurring at speeds unprecedented in recorded history.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/12/climate-and-economic-risks-threaten-2008-style-systemic-collapse

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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 07:03 AM

1. Environment in multiple crises - report

Source: BBC

Environment in multiple crises - report

By Roger Harrabin
BBC environment analyst

12 February 2019

Politicians and policymakers have failed to grasp the gravity of the environmental crisis facing the Earth, a report claims.

The think-tank IPPR says human impacts have reached a critical stage and threaten to destabilise society and the global economy.

Scientists warn of a potentially deadly combination of factors.

These include climate change, mass loss of species, topsoil erosion, forest felling and acidifying oceans.

The report from the centre-left Institute for Public Policy Research says these factors are "driving a complex, dynamic process of environmental destabilisation that has reached critical levels.

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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47203344

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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 10:00 AM

2. Ah! So it might involve MONEY!

That might actually get some attention.

Then again, maybe not . . .

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