Who wins when climate change takes on biodiversity?

Tierney Smith

Biodiversity and climate change are two sides of the same coin.

Protecting biodiversity is often the best answer to both mitigating and adapting to climate change – oceans and forests absorb carbon while mangroves can protect coastal regions from storm surges and rising sea levels.

On the flip side, biodiversity is under increasing threat from advancing climate change.

And if we look at some of the figures on biodiversity loss we see our natural world is deteriorating just as quickly as our climate.

The world is losing species at a growing rate. 13% of birds, 25% of mammals, 33% of corals and 41% of amphibians are currently under threat.

So when I arrived in Hyderabad, India for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) biannual conference, I was shocked to find so little interest in biodiversity loss – particularly compared to the interest I saw at the UN climate convention (UNFCCC) talks in Durban…

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