A University of Plymouth researcher is among the authors of a new report into the causes, effects and solutions of our biodiversity and climate crises and the importance of tackling them in tandem.
The findings, published ahead of the G7 summit of world leaders, show that unprecedented changes in climate and biodiversity, driven by human activities, have combined and increasingly threaten nature, human lives, livelihoods and well-being around the world.
However, previous policies have largely tackled biodiversity loss and climate change independently of each other, and addressing the synergies between mitigating against them – while considering their social impacts – offers the opportunity to maximise benefits and meet global development goals.
The authors also warn that narrowly-focused actions to combat climate change can directly and indirectly harm nature and vice-versa, but many measures exist that can make significant positive contributions in both areas.
The report is the product of a four-day virtual workshop between experts selected by a 12-person Scientific Steering Committee assembled by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The steering committee’s members include Professor Camille Parmesan, NMA Chair in Public Understanding of Marine Science and Human Health at the University of Plymouth, who also co-edited the workshop report.
She is renowned for her research on the impact of climate change on wildlife, and was the first scientist to demonstrate that species are shifting their natural ranges in response to changes in temperature. She said: