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Explainer: Can climate change and biodiversity loss be tackled together?

Climate change and biodiversity loss are already compounding one another. Image: Unsplash/Zdeněk Macháček

Daisy Dunne

Science Writer, Carbon Brief

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Both climate change and biodiversity loss are already causing severe impacts for people.
Both climate change and biodiversity loss are already causing severe impacts for people. Image: Reuters / Alamy Stock Photo
Dr Nathalie Pettorelli
Dr Charlie Outhwaite
critically endangered Javan Rhinoceros Ujung Kulon National Park Indonesia biodiversity loss
Biodiversity loss has occurred since the dawn of human civilisation. In picture: critically endangered Javan Rhinoceros. Image: Minden Pictures / Alamy Stock Photo
Human activities altered Earth’s land surface biodiversity loss mangroves deforestation
Human activities have already altered 70% of the Earth’s land surface, but this biodiversity loss has consequences for people. Image: Oliver S. – Madagascar General / Alamy Stock Photo
The global challenge of biodiversity loss is defined by large geographic and economic disparities.
The global challenge of biodiversity loss is defined by large geographic and economic disparities. Image: Phillips et al. (2022)

Humans are responsible for driving both climate change and biodiversity loss.
Humans are responsible for driving both climate change and biodiversity loss. Image: Jim West / Alamy Stock Photo
Prof Katharine Hayhoe

Prof Katharine Hayhoe
Prof Hans-Otto Poertner
Koala being treated for injuries caused by bushfire in Melbourne, 2020.
Biodiversity faces risks from increases in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events. Image: Xinhua / Alamy Stock Photo
Dr Peter Soroye
Mass coral bleaching at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in 2022 biodiversity loss
The most recent coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef affected 91% of it. Image: Australian Government
Golden Toad (extinct) Costa Rica biodiversity loss
Climate change has played a role in the extinction of the golden toad in Costa Rica. Image: Johner Images / Alamy Stock Photo
Dr Alex Pigot
Dr Alex Pigot

Prof Pete Smith
Toco Toucan in the Pantanal, Brazil. biodiversity loss
The poaching of iconic species can have an impact on an ecosystem’s ability to store carbon. Image: Marie Llewellyn / Alamy Stock Photo
Dr Alex Pigot

Conserving natural eco-systems could come with benefits for both climate change and biodiversity loss.
Conserving natural eco-systems could come with benefits for both climate change and biodiversity loss. Image: IPCC-IPBES (2021)
Prof Hans-Otto Poertner
Dr Nathalie Pettorelli
Prof Pete Smith
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BECCS could risk worsening biodiversity loss further by taking up large areas of land, if poorly implemented.
BECCS could risk worsening biodiversity loss further by taking up large areas of land, if poorly implemented. Image: Nature Picture Library / Alamy Stock Photo
Prof Pete Smith
Dr Alex Pigot
Prof Pete Smith
Flock of barnacle geese in front of wind turbines in Germany.
Rapid rollout of renewable power could also pose a risk to biodiversity. Image: Arterra Picture Library / Alamy Stock Photo
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