Author : German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
"""Description:* Comprehensive assessment from the leading German environmental scientists of the state of the world's living resources or biosphere * Covers all aspects of the subject: biodiversity and genetic diversity, landscape and ecosystems, its role in the Earth's system and human impacts on it* Reviews global policies and research strategies on the biosphere and advocates urgent policy actions* A major, authoritative contribution to environmental science and policyBiodiversity- the planet's natural capital- is undergoing a dramatic collapse: its "" Sixth Extinction"". The losses, which are do to human activities and overexploitation of the biosphere, are irreversible. They are undermining the basis of future well-being and prosperity, including genetic resources and food production, climate stability, and coastal and soil protection.The scientists of the German Advisory Council on Global Change have produced an authoritative and alarming analysis of the state of the biosphere. They show that the time remaining for remedial action is fast disappearing and they set out a range of initiatives to be undertaken at different levels. Among their main urgent recommendations are:* protecting 10-20% of the global land area* an Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity to provide scientific advice* conservation of the diversity of cultivated as well as wild plant species* greater multilateral cooperation and implementation of the Convention on Biological DiversityThe volume makes a highly significant contribution to the scientific and policy debates on these critical issues. It will be essential reading for those engaged with them."""