Climate and nature crises: solve both or solve neither, say experts

Exposing the Big Game

Restoring nature boosts biodiversity and ecosystems that can rapidly and cheaply absorb carbon emissions

A snorkeler observes coral bleaching in the Maldives.
A snorkeler swims through bleached coral in the Maldives. Half of the world’s coral cover has been lost since Victorian times, say scientists.Photograph: AP

Damian CarringtonEnvironment editor@dpcarringtonThu 10 Jun 2021 09.00 EDT

Humanity must solve the climate and nature crises together or solve neither, according to a report from 50 of the world’s leading scientists.

Global heating and the destruction of wildlife is wreakingincreasing damage on the natural world, which humanity depends on for food, water and clean air. Many of the human activities causing the crises are the same and the scientists said increased use ofnature as a solutionwas vital.

The devastation offorests, peatlands,mangrovesand other ecosystems has decimated wildlife populations and released huge amounts of carbon dioxide. Rising temperatures and extreme weather are…

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