WASHINGTON: Saving the life on earth may cost $100 billion per year, claim Global Deal for Nature (GDN) scientists who have proposed a policy to prevent mass extinction event on the planet. Earlier, there have been five mass extinctions of earth in history. Scientists estimate that society must come urgently to grip the coming decade to stop the very first human made biodiversity catastrophe.
On the occasion of the Earth Day, Greg Asner, Ecologist, Arizona State University, said, “The sixth mass extinction is on society’s shoulders.” “The societal investments for GDN would integrate and implement climate and nature deals on a global scale to avoid human upheaval and biodiversity loss. The objective of the policy is to save diversity of life on Earth with a price tag of $100 billion every year,” he added.
Paris climate agreement in 2015 was the first major accord to take global action towards climate change policies. The international team of GDN scientists believe a same companion pact is anyhow needed to save the global nature and to fight the challenges.
Eric Dinerstien, an environmentalist of the US based NGO ‘Resolve’ said, “The Global Deal for Nature is a time bound, science based plan to save diversity and abundance of life on Earth. Achieving the targets and milestones of GDN is the best gift we can give to our future generations.”
The study was published in ‘Science Advances’. It outlines the targets and guiding principles needed to avoid extinction threats of a two degrees Celsius warming forecast.