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Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Report
Experts say that attention to ecosystem services is needed to achieve global development goals
30 April 2005
A landmark study released on 30 March 2005 reveals that approximately 60 percent of the ecosystem services that support life on Earth such as fresh water, capture fisheries, air and water regulation, and the regulation of regional climate, natural hazards and pests are being degraded or used unsustainably. Scientists warn that the harmful consequences of this degradation could grow significantly worse in the next 50 years.