State of the World
Humans have made unprecedented changes to ecosystems in recent decades to meet growing demands for food, fresh water, fiber, and energy.
Human activities have taken the planet to the edge of a massive wave of species extinctions, further threatening our own well-being.
Human activity is putting such strain on the natural functions of Earth that the ability of the planet’s ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted. ~ Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
We are living beyond our means. According to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), a UN report backed by 1,360 leading scientists from 95 countries released in March 2005, 15 of the 24 ecosystems vital for supporting life are in danger of collapsing including fresh water, fisheries, air and water purification systems, and the ecosystems that regulate climate and natural hazards and control pests. The findings of the MA report have since been verified by numerous other reports.
The MA report findings are fully consistent also with the Pentagon’s so called ‘Weather Nightmare’ report, which describes dramatic worldwide ecosystem changes and rapid, Catastrophic Climate Changes resulting in massive political and social instability (from food shortages to violent storms, and from mass human migrations to wars for survival).
Swiss Re, the world’s largest re-insurer recently announced that disasters caused by global warming would exceed US$150 billion a year.