It’s Time for a Global Pact for the Environment

A demonstration calling for new climate policies, Rome, Italy, April 19, 2019 (ANSA photo via AP Images).
A demonstration calling for new climate policies, Rome, Italy, April 19, 2019 (ANSA photo via AP Images).

With each successive Earth Day, the scale of the global environmental crisis becomes more disheartening. So too does the collective failure to respond to the planet’s plight. Over the past year, scientists have issued dire warnings about global warming, mass extinction, the extent of plastic pollution and the death of the world’s oceans. Humanity is now deep in the Anthropocene, a new geologic era defined by the human transformation of the natural world, and the lights are blinking red. In a harrowing report last October, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, warned that even a 2 […]

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