Well we’re all screwed.
The policy think tank Institute for Public Policy Research has released a report saying that the dangers threatening our environment are much more widespread than policymakers currently believe. The report says these factors are "driving a complex, dynamic process of environmental destabilisation that has reached critical levels.
"This destabilisation is occurring at speeds unprecedented in human history and, in some cases, over billions of years." The report goes on to say that the window of opportunity for us to reverse this trend is rapidly closing. In the meantime, the amount of floods around the world has increased by 15 times, extreme temperature events by 20 times, and wildfires have gone up 7 times.
The authors urge three shifts in political understanding: on the scale and pace of environmental breakdown; the implications for societies; and the subsequent need for transformative change.
In the BBC article on the report:
Simon Lewis, Professor of Global Change Science at University College London, told BBC News: "IPPR are right to say that environmental change is happening ever-faster and threatens to destabilise society.
"Future problems with food supplies could cause price spikes that drive civil unrest, while increases in levels of migration can strain societies.
"Both together could overload political institutions and global networks of trade.
"This century will be marked by rapid social and environmental change - that is certain. What is less clear is if societies can make wise political choices to avoid disaster in the future."
Harriet Bulkeley, a geography professor at Durham University, told BBC News that the IPPR paper was a good interpretation of the current evidence, but she said it raised the question of how firm evidence of environmental threats had to be to prompt government action.
"We know lots of good things to do," she said, "but often the argument is made that we need to have 'evidence-based policy'.
"This can, of course, be used as an excuse for delay. So, I guess the question is how much more evidence is needed for action?"
A UK government spokesperson said: "We are committed to leaving our environment in a better state than we found it through our 25 Year Environment Plan and the forthcoming Environment Bill.
"Over 25 years we will replenish depleted soils, rid our seas and rivers of the rubbish trashing our planet, cut greenhouse gas emissions, cleanse our air of toxic pollutants, and develop cleaner, more sustainable energy sources.
"The Environment Bill will also create a new environmental body, the Office for Environmental Protection, to hold us to account on this commitment."