Two new studies plus an article published this week in New York Magazine paint a bleak picture for life on earth if we fail to rein in global warming.
Their key findings: Nearly one-third of the 27,600 land-based mammal, bird, amphibian and reptile species studied are shrinking in terms of their numbers and territorial range. The researchers called that an "extremely high degree of population decay."
A study published this week in the journal Science predicted that global warming is on track to devastate the U.S. economy in years ahead if temperatures are allowed to rise unabated. Reporting on the study, Living Earth wrote:
A new, interdisciplinary effort analyzed vast amounts of climate and economic data to forecast certain regions of the United States will be hit harder than others by global warming. Economist and lead author Solomon Hsiang of the University of California, Berkeley, told Living on Earth Host Steve Curwood the study estimates southern counties of the US, many of which are poor, could face a 20-percent decline in economic activity if carbon emissions continue unabated through the 21st century.
The New York Magazine article made no attempt to sugar-coat the climate crisis. The author wrote:
It is, I promise, worse than you think . . . Indeed, absent a significant adjustment to how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.
So where’s the hope? Food and farming.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), recognizing that our only hope to avert a climate crisis is through a global transition to regenerative agriculture, recently published a new set of guidelines to help world governments assess climate change impacts on local agriculture, identify adaptation options, and support farmers—especially women—in adopting best practices in climate change adaptation.
What can you do? Support the farmers who are regenerating, not degenerating, our soils.