Yesterday, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) launched its special report on climate change and land. The landmark report highlights how humans affect over 70 per cent of non-ice land surface of the globe. Intact forests now represent only a total nine per cent of Earth’s land surface and other natural intact ecosystems represent seven per cent.
As our environment faces mounting human pressures, it is vital that we speak out to protect the last of our wilderness to restore the damage done. It will be no small challenge for Europe to meet its target of halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services by 2020.