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A Breakdown of That Gloomy Global Assessment of Environmental Change — Plus, Solutions

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We've known for a while now that human-caused climate change is real and that it's negatively affecting the planet. But in case you needed more proof, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) just published a landmark report on the topic, compiled over the past three years. The global assessment found that the changes happening to our biodiversity are the worst they've ever been, and that the world will likely start seeing "grave impacts" soon, according to the IPBES

But this report isn't supposed to make you fearful — the authors also provide readers with possible solutions to these mounting issues.

The IPBES is an independent intergovernmental body made up of more than 100 government members, and it is also an institutional partner of the United Nations. The group presented the report, titled the IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, in a session of the IPBES Plenary last week in Paris. The global assessment is the first intergovernmental report of its kind, and the most comprehensive report on the environment ever complete, the IPBES claims.