Climate change is fueling extremism, raising tempers along with temperatures, according to a report published Saturday by the Rockefeller Foundation in London. The report is one of the most thorough accounts of the extent of the change in the world’s environment.
The report, called “The State of the World’s Biomes in an Age of Global Change: Ecology and Human Security,” warns of climate change’s influence on the global “ecological crisis.” The report calls on the world to address the issue of warming of the planet, which threatens to undermine biodiversity, damage ecosystems, and lead to an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters. Global warming threatens more than life on Earth, it warns, noting, “Environmental collapse is a threat that transcends the lives of individuals.”
The report is co-authored by Daniel Kammen, a professor of geography at Yale, and Thomas Lovejoy, director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, which includes the Rockefeller Foundation, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Arthur D. Little Charitable Trust.
[The report is available here.]
This blog post was written in consultation with the report’s co-authors, and it is included as part of The Bifrost Project’s work to provide regular updates to our audiences about the latest science-based policy issues.
The report acknowledges that “the world’s ecosystems are under increasing stress, with impacts ranging from climate change-driven wildfires in Brazil to the collapse of the northern Yangtze.”
To read the full report, be sure to visit The Rockefeller Foundation‘s website.
The most comprehensive review to date of the “state of the world’s biomes in an age of global change” focuses on the environment as it relates to human security and global stability. The report identifies a long-term set of problems for human communities, whether in the developed or developing worlds.
While the first chapter is concerned with “ecological security