Study: Resource extraction responsible for half world’s carbon emissions

This article discusses how resource extraction is responsible for half the world’s carbon emissions. Extraction also causes 80% of biodiversity loss, according to comprehensive UN study.

Extractive industries are responsible for half of the world’s carbon emissions and more than 80% of biodiversity loss, according to the most comprehensive environmental tally undertaken of mining and farming.

While this is crucial for food, fuel and minerals, the study by UN Environment warns the increasing material weight of the world’s economies is putting a more dangerous level of stress on the climate and natural life-support systems than previously thought.

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