Preparing a drone flight in the Arctic (© Cengiz Akandil )
Global biodiversity loss is increasing rapidly, with current species extinction rates likely to be 1000 times of the background rates (Pimm et al., 2014). Main drivers of biodiversity loss include land use changes, pollution, invasive alien species, climate change, and over harvesting (IPBES 2019, Dasgupta 2019), which are all predominantly related to the economic activity. IPBES 2019 states that protecting the Earth’s biodiversity will require transformative changes across economic and social factors with one of the key components of this change to be steering away from the current economic growth paradigm to build more a sustainable economic and financial system. The aim of my study is to quantify the link between growth of economic activity and the biodiversity loss by using night lights data as proxy for true economic growth (Henderson et al., 2012).
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