The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) understand the intersection between climate change and biodiversity loss Losses in biological are the result of temperatures shifts and other variations to species’ habitats, such as monoculture farming and deforestation. To paraphrase the IPBES-IPCC Workshop Report (page 16), climate change intensifies risks to biodiversity. Also, relatively healthy habitats can reduce the abundance the of greenhouse gases throughout various ecosystems by absorbing carbon dioxide into ocean water (though excess CO2 in sea water contributes to ocean acidification), vegetation and microorganisms. Therefore, replenishing biodiversity and ecosystems can be conducive to climate change mitigation efforts. Both of these issues are tremendous threats to humanity’s wellbeing. Its worth mentioning that neither climate change or biological diversity and ecosystem degradation effect all regions the same. Some parts of the world, namely regions along coasts, tropical islands or those predisposed to severe weather (such as droughts, heatwaves and heavy rainfall) will likely experience the worst of climate change.

What Is A Co-Sponsored Workshop?

This workshop report details just how closely linked the environmental degradation is to our climate crisis. Though the IPCC is a United Nations collective that provides scientific evidence and predictions about climate change – for economic and political reasons- and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an organization for information and policy pertaining to biodiversity, ecosystem conservation and sustainable development, both organizations have vested interests in humanitarianism. Efforts to curb the consequences of climate change are ultimately aimed at protecting the quality of life for communities of people. The same is true of environmental conservation efforts. The overlap between the two groups is resolving a sustainable future for mankind. According to the IPBES and IPCC workshop report, climate change and biodiversity loss are mutually reinforcing; that is, resolving either one of these issues is tantamount to addressing the other.

IPBES and IPCC compare and contrast circles
IPBES and IPCC compare and contrast circles

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