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The United Nations is out with a familiar refrain: ecological catastrophe is decades away, echoing a warning from 1982.
In 1982, the U.N. warned of environmental destruction “as irreversible as any nuclear holocaust” by the turn of the century.
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This time, the U.N. says one million species are threatened with extinction, including many that could die out within decades.
The United Nations is out with another alarming report, claiming that one million species, more than ever before, are threatened with imminent extinction if drastic actions aren’t taken.
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Sound familiar? That’s because it’s a similar warning given by the head of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) nearly four decades ago.
In 1982, UNEP executive director Mostafa Tolba warned U.N. delegates from 100 countries that “on almost every front, there has been a marked deterioration in the quality of our shared environment.”
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Tolba continued, warning that unless governments acted immediately, “by the turn of the century, an environmental catastrophe which will witness devastation as complete, as irreversible as any nuclear holocaust.”
Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO and former IPBES Chair Robert Watson attend a news conference on the launching of a landmark report on the damage done by modern civilisation to the natural world by the IPBES at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier.
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Bjorn Lomborg, environmental policy expert and author, highlighted the 1982 Reuters article on Twitter as hysteria over the new U.N. report swept social media. Lomborg, no skeptic of global warming, pointed out the UNEP was wrong in the 1980s as today’s apocalyptic predictions are likely wrong as well.
The turn of the century passed 19 years ago, and here we are again facing another dire warning from the U.N., this time that 1 million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction, some within decades, unless action is taken now. The...
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