This blog contains articles and commentary on Climate Change / Global Warming. These changes will have an affect on the entire planet and all of us who reside therein.
Life as we know it will change drastically. There is also the view that there is a high likelihood of climate change being a precursor of conflits triggered by resource shortges.
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Should nation-states be allowed to destroy pieces of the global commons just because they lie within their borders?
Take for example the Amazon, reading an article on the BBC's website a few minutes ago the headlines state 'Amazon rainforest deforestation 'worst in 10 years', says Brazil' <https://bbc.in/2zq7fKi> Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brin a decade, according to official data. About 7,900 sq km (3,050 sq miles) of the world's largest rainforest was destroyed between August 2017 and July 2018 - an area roughly five the size of London.
“Because its [the Amazon's] vegetation continuously recycles carbon dioxide into oxygen, it has been described as the "Lungs of our Planet". About 20% of earth's oxygen is produced by the Amazon rainforest.” http://bit.ly/2P16NqD
Should they be put under sanctions by the international community and the United Nations?
The era we are now entering, the Anthropocene, promises to be an era with a high likelihood of conflict, triggered by many factors, climate change, energy security, sea level rise, water insecurity and massive refugee flows and massive ecosystem destruction.
The international community therefore, needs to strive to its ultimate extent to prevent the destruction of the Global Commons.