Category «Ecology and Biodiversity»

Seaspiracy – Movie Review

by Gretta Dattan Ali Tabrizi’s Seaspiracy depicts the environmental impact and long term consequences of continued, unfettered industrialised fishing in stark detail. The documentary was released in late March and since then it has remained solidly in the list of most watched films on Netflix – and at the top of media headlines. The huge …

WWF Living Planet Report sends an SOS for Nature as Scientists warn Wildlife is in Freefall

WWF Press Release Global wildlife is in freefall, warned WWF, as its flagship Living Planet Report 2020 reveals population sizes of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have fallen an average of 68 per cent globally since 1970 – more than two thirds in less than 50 years. Nature is being destroyed by humans at a rate never seen before, and this catastrophic decline is showing no signs of slowing, the study says.  …

The EU Green Deal, Biodiversity and Farm 2 Fork 2030 Strategies – A Vegan Perspective

By James O’Donovan On May 20th, the European Commission published its Biodiversity and Farm to Fork 2030 Strategies.  Both documents indicate a positive direction in policy in Europe.  But since scores of other visionary policies have been released with similar fanfare over the past decades it would be irrational to expect these policies to deliver …

The Lancet Comission Report Defines a Sustainable Food Production System

By James O’Donovan The EAT Lancet Comission Report, published in 2019, describes how industrial agriculture is devastating the environment, as forests are destroyed and billions of cattle emit climate-warming methane.  Prof Johan Rockström, one of the report’s lead authors states: “Humanity now poses a threat to the stability of the planet.  Global food production threatens …

From Ecosystem Services to Interdependence with Nature

  By James O’Donovan (adapted from IPBES 2018 Report)    From the supply of raw materials, water, food, medicines and energy, to the pollination of crops, formation of soils and protection from floods, storms and erosion, the planet’s natural systems provide a range of vital services that underpin production, trade, livelihoods and consumption in every …