This is a Crisis: Facing up to the Age of Environmental Breakdown

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Feb 17, 2019 | Institute for Public Policy Research, Laurie Laybourn-Langton, Lesley Rankin, Darren Baxter

The human impacts on the environment have reached a critical stage, potentially eroding the conditions upon which socioeconomic stability is possible. Since 2005, the number of floods has increased by a factor of 15, extreme temperature events by a factor of 20, and wildfires sevenfold. In this report by the Institute for Public Policy Research, Laurie Laybourn-Langton, Lesley Rankin, and Darren Baxter examine how the deterioration of natural infrastructure impacts health, wealth, inequality and migration. This heightens the risk of political tension and conflict. The report, which launches a wider 18-month project to meet the challenges, urges policymakers to address these risks as a priority, to accelerate the restoration of natural systems, and to push harder on the transition towards renewable energy.


https://www.ippr.org/files/2019-02/risk-and-environment-february19.pdf

 

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