Underestimating the Challenges of Avoiding a Ghastly Future

By Paul Ehrlich

We report three major and confronting environmental issues that have received little attention and require urgent action. 

We especially draw attention to the lack of appreciation of the enormous challenges to creating a sustainable future. The added stresses to human health, wealth, and well-being will perversely diminish our political capacity to mitigate the erosion of ecosystem services on which society depends.

The science underlying these issues is strong, but awareness is weak. Without fully appreciating and broadcasting the scale of the problems and the enormity of the solutions required, society will fail to achieve even modest sustainability goals.

Read full article Underestimating the Challenges of Avoiding a Ghastly Future in Frontiers in Conservation Science