UN report shows 1 million species at risk of extinction
by Will Roderick
What's Going On Here?
A report published by the UN studying the human impact on nature, has highlighted the significant importance of biodiversity to the health of the planet, with 1 in 4 species at risk of becoming extinct within decades.
What, Yet Another Report?
1 in 4 species equates to nearly 1,000,000 species worldwide. Or in other words, 25% fewer types of animal in your favourite David Attenborough documentary!
Why Does Biodiversity Matter?
Whilst it may seem irrelevant to us sitting at the top of the food chain, impacts such as freshwater shortages and climate instability are already threatening human society. The effects can stem from seemingly sources, such as decreasing bee populations, but can cause a ripple effect right up the food chain.
The authors of the report hope that the importance of global biodiversity for the health of human society will be placed firmly in the global spotlight in order to garner action from policymakers and government.
The primary causes of biodiversity loss include urbanisation, deforestation, overfishing, habitat destruction and poaching.
There are also plenty of ideas to check out from the Wildlife Trust
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