Cop26 must not overshadow Kunming: we need joint climate and biodiversity goals | Ma Jun

Cop26 must not overshadow Kunming: we need joint climate and biodiversity goals | Ma Jun

Ecosystem collapse is as much a threat as the climate crisis, but valuing nature will help us meet both these challenges

All eyes are on Cop26 in Glasgow since the climate crisis aroused worldwide attention and compelled more than 120 countries to join the unprecedented global Race to Zero carbon-emissions campaign. But the UN biodiversity conference in Kunming, or Cop15, should not be overshadowed, as biodiversity loss is an equally grave threat to humanity.

Cop15, delayed repeatedly by the Covid-19 pandemic, will take place in two parts, online from 11 October, with more detailed discussions left for April’s meeting in Kunming, China. The conference will convene governments from around the world to agree new goals for nature for the next decade, as global biodiversity losses pose a threat to human wellbeing, affecting food, health and security, and increasing the likelihood of pandemics.

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