Environmental Destruction

The planet's natural ecosystems and regenerating bio-capacity are being severely degraded and, as a result, this compromises the ability of the planet to sustain life. Forests, fisheries, oceans, rangeland, fresh water systems (lakes, wetlands, rivers) and other natural ecosystems are all threatened while many are on the verge of collapse. Water, land and air are getting increasingly polluted, water tables are falling, soil erosion is leading to desertification, global warming is well underway, and species are dying out 1000 times faster than their natural rate of extinction.

Facts

Resources

RainForest Action Network -
     Facts about Rain Forests

United Nations Environment Programme -
     Global Environment Outlook 3

World Resources Institute -
     EarthTrends Environmental Information Portal

UN Food and Agriculture Association -
     State of Fisheries 2002