A new report by 22 international scientists published in Thursday’s edition of the journal Nature is stating we are nearing an age where we will have reached the “tipping point” on Earth that, once passed, will have “destructive consequences”. Anthony Barnosky, professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and lead author for the study explained in a university press release that the research presents a combination of factors that lead to this tipping point. They include population growth, destruction of ecosystems and climate change as the factors. “It really will be a new world, biologically, at that point”, Barnosky said in a statement. “The data suggests that there will be a reduction in biodiversity and severe impacts on much of what we depend on to sustain our quality of life, including, for example, fisheries, agriculture, forest products and clean water. This could happen within just a few generations”. The report comes just before United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro later this month.
The International Day for Biological Diversity (or World Biodiversity Day) is a United Nations – sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues. It is currently held on May 22. From its creation by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in 1993 until 2000, it was held on December 29 to celebrate the day the Convention on Biological Diversity went into effect. On December 20, 2000, the date was shifted to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on May 22, 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit , and partly to avoid the many other holidays that occur in late December. Activities: Coincided with the observance of International Day for Biological Diversity, on May 2011 Indonesian Forestry Minister inaugurated the Ciwalen Canopy Trail that is 120 meters long and 60 meters wide at an elevation of 30–40 meters above the ground at Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park , West Java to accommodate 5 to 10 people in one trip.