Brundtland update finds problems unsolved
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Everything that was going to hell 20 years ago is still going to hell (sub rqd):
Twenty years after the seminal … Brundtland Commission report "Our Common Future" warned of persistent global environmental degradation, the most pressing concerns facing the world’s climate and ecology show no signs of improvement.
"On all the fundamental major challenges and trends that Brundtland identified 20 years ago we have not turned the corner, and that is an extremely sobering analysis," said UNEP director Achim Steiner in a press conference.
Overall, the assessment is grim. Among some of the key findings highlighted in the report, studies show that:
• Fish stocks have experienced steady declines since the 1980s, with subsidies estimated to contribute to an excess of fishing capacity by as much as 250 percent beyond sustainable limits.
• Levels of CO2 and methane in the atmosphere far exceed any natural variations over the past 500,000 years, contributing to an Arctic climate warming at a faster rate than most of the world.
• The current rate of species extinction is estimated to be 100 times faster than past trends shown by the fossil record.
• Air pollution, particularly in developing countries, is causing an estimated 2 million premature deaths annually.
• Intensive land use is leading to rising rates of soil degradation and the loss of arable land.