Environmental destruction is having catastrophic affects on major life-critical systems in the world that have been summarised into problem, cause, timeline and solution.
We do not have enough fresh water for our current population, let alone population growth, because much of the world’s water sources are drying up.
Food for a growing world is facing a ‘perfect storm’ of declining yields, land degradation, water availability, land availability, climate change and exploding livestock numbers.
The roots of the Syrian refugee crisis lie in the years of extreme drought in that region. More than 100 million people have fled their homelands due to climate change induced drought, water scarcity, floods and extreme weather events.
Forests, the lungs of the planet, are under extreme threat. Up to a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation and forest degradation.
Methane (responsible for up to 40% of global warming) is largely ignored by the climate science community as a distraction from the main problem: carbon dioxide.
Climate chaos is already upon us, with a lot worse to come. Livestock production is a large and growing source of greenhouse gases, but is importantly the greatest source of shorter-term emissions.