Future of the Environment

One fifth of ecosystems is in danger of collapse – here’s what that might look like

A general view shows new nature reserve showing a body of water with plants either side.

The risk of collapse is increased by factors like industry, farming and fishing. Image: REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

John Dearing
Professor, University of Southampton
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A chart showing the predicted ecosystem collapse  of the amazon and Caribbean coral.
Real world observations (solid line) predict large ecosystems will collapse relatively faster than predicted by a simple linear relationship (dashed line). Image: Dearing et al. (2020)
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