07 Jun '12, 3pm

Environmental tipping point is nearing, international study warns

07 Jun 2012: Environmental Tipping Point Is Nearing, International Study Says The rapid warming of the planet, a soaring human population, the steady loss of biodiversity, over-exploitation of energy resources, and the degradation of the world’s oceans are driving the world toward an ecological tipping point , according to a new study in Nature . Twenty-two scientists from On the Road Back to Rio, Green Direction Has Been Lost In 1992, an historic summit in Rio de Janeiro produced groundbreaking treaties and hopes that pressing environmental issues would be addressed. But on the eve of the Rio+20 conference, Fred Pearce writes, there is little to suggest any substantive action will be taken. READ THE e360 REPORT five nations compared the major changes taking place today with previous ecological shifts — such as the end of the last Ice Age 14,000 to 18,000 years ago — that ...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/environmental_tipping_point__...

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