UN Report Predicts 1 Million Species In Danger Of Extinction

1 Millions Species Are At Risk For Extinction — And It’s All Our Fault

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Overfishing, climate change, and pollution are all on the list of causes

Nature is declining globally at a terrifying rate, with over one million species risking extinction, warns a new report. The culprit is, unsurprisingly, humans — and the impact could be more severe than anyone could have imagined.

A report issued by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which was compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries over the past three years, (with input from another 310 contributing authors) is not mincing words: “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide,” said IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson.

This is the first report of its kind issued by the UN and talks in detail about the biodiversity crisis we are facing globally. More food, energy, and materials are being supplied to the world population but nature is the one suffering.

So, what are the main causes of the crisis? The report lists five drivers (in order of impact), including changes in land and sea use (overfishing), direct exploitation of organisms, climate change, pollution, and invasive alien species. With activities like farming, logging, poaching, fishing and mining happening to support our planet’s 7 billion+ population, our world is changing at a rate “unprecedented in human history.”

Reactions to the report have been understandably somber: