One million species risk extinction due to humans, UN report warns

Mail Online | 4/23/2019 | Afp
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Up to one million species face extinction due to human influence, according to a draft UN report obtained by AFP that painstakingly catalogues how humanity has undermined the natural resources upon which its very survival depends.

The accelerating loss of clean air, drinkable water, CO2-absorbing forests, pollinating insects, protein-rich fish and storm-blocking mangroves -- to name but a few of the dwindling services rendered by Nature -- poses no less of a threat than climate change, says the report, set to be unveiled May 6.

Biodiversity - Loss - Warming - Summary - Policy

Indeed, biodiversity loss and global warming are closely linked, according to the 44-page Summary for Policy Makers, which distills a 1,800-page UN assessment of scientific literature on the state of Nature.

Delegates from 130 nations meeting in Paris from April 29 will vet the executive summary line-by-line.

Wording - Figures - Report

Wording may change, but figures lifted from the underlying report cannot be altered.

'We need to recognise that climate change and loss of Nature are equally important, not just for the environment, but as development and economic issues as well,' Robert Watson, chair of the UN-mandated body that compiled the report, told AFP, without divulging its findings.

Way - Food - Energy - Regulating - Services

'The way we produce our food and energy is undermining the regulating services that we get from Nature,' he said, adding that only 'transformative change' can stem the damage.

Deforestation and agriculture, including livestock production, account for about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions, and have wreaked havoc on natural ecosystems as well.

Intergovernmental - Science-Policy - Platform - Biodiversity - Ecosystem

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report warns of 'an imminent rapid acceleration in the global rate of species extinction.'

The pace of loss 'is already tens to hundreds of times higher than it has been, on average, over the last 10 million years,' it notes.

'Half-a-million - Species - Extinction - Decades

'Half-a-million to a million species are projected to be threatened with extinction, many within decades.'

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