Environmental destruction not avoided with the Sustainable Development Goals

  title={Environmental destruction not avoided with the Sustainable Development Goals},
  author={Yiwen Zeng and Sean L. Maxwell and Rebecca K. Runting and Oscar Venter and James E. M. Watson and Luis Roman Carrasco},
  journal={Nature Sustainability},
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were designed to reconcile environmental protection with socioeconomic development. Here, we compare SDG indicators to a suite of external measures, showing that while most countries are progressing well towards environmental SDGs, this has little relationship with actual biodiversity conservation, and instead better represents socioeconomic development. If this continues, the SDGs will likely serve as a smokescreen for further environmental destruction… 

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