Monthly Archives: June 2012

Rio+20 Again: What did I say?

Rio has been getting back to normal now that all the visitors attending the UN Summit on Sustainable Development have wandered home following the rather limp conclusion on 22nd June.  As expected the final declaration agreed to by the delegates of 190 countries is nothing more than “283 paragraphs of fluff”.  That is how George … Continue reading »

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Species DO Matter: New analyses confirm biodiversity and ecosystem function are linked

Biodiversity is literally the biotic richness present within species, among species and across ecosystems on this planet.  Biodiversity is declining rapidly.  When I wrote Chapter 7 of Our Dying Planet, on biodiversity loss and the Holocene Mass Extinction, I delved into the scientific evidence for the presumed link between biodiversity and the effective functioning of … Continue reading »

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Rio+20, a place where good things might happen, but probably won’t

Rio + 20, EarthSummit 2012, or more formally, the Second UN Conference on Sustainable Development takes place in Rio do Janiero in one week’s time.  I am not holding my breath.  The journal, Nature, devoted its editorial in the June 7th issue to this event, pointing to the great optimism that greeted the first Earth … Continue reading »

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