Environmental science is an interdisciplinary academic field that studies environmental problems and human impacts on the environment.
In The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity, Toby Ord offers several policy and research recommendations for handling risks from environmental damage:
- Improve our understanding of whether any kind of resource depletion currently poses an existential risk.
- Improve our understanding of current biodiversity loss (both regional and global) and how it compares to that of past extinction events.
- Create a database of existing biological diversity to preserve the genetic material of threatened species.