I'm sorry, I can't help wondering what the Bush admin's response to this will be:
Growing populations and expanding economic activity have strained the planet's ecosystems over the past half century, a trend that threatens international efforts to combat poverty and disease, a U.N.-sponsored study of the Earth's health warned on Wednesday.
The four-year, $24 million Millennium Ecosystem Assessment found humans have caused heavy damage or depleted portions of the world's farmlands, forests and watercourses.[...]
The study was compiled by 1,360 scientists from 95 nations who pored over 16,000 satellite photos from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and analyzed statistics and scientific journals.
It seems to me that they can't get away with the "bad science" line like they did on global warming. I can't imagine that a "UN sucks" line would work either. Partisanship? Maybe all 1,360 scientists are liberals.
Or perhaps they'll be forced to acknowledge that the results of the study are worth taking seriously. I'm not holding my breath.