Humankind, according to a comprehensive world report, causes nature to disappear from the earth at breakneck speed. There are now overwhelming evidence that drew a sinister image, warned the Chairman of the World Biodiversity Council (IPBES), Robert Watson. “We are eroding the very basis of our economies, livelihoods, food security and quality of life globally.” The world community should urgently turn away from economic growth as a central goal to more sustainable systems.
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In its first global report on the state of biodiversity, the United Nations Organization puts together scary facts: out of an estimated eight million animal and plant species worldwide, around one million are at risk of extinction.
The extent of species extinction has never been as great in human history as it is today – and the rate of extinction continues to grow. Three quarters of the natural areas on land have already been significantly altered by humans, two-thirds in the seas.
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No pure environmental topic
Time and again, the authors point out that the loss of biodiversity is not a purely environmental issue, but also influences development, the economy, political stability and social aspects such as refugee flows.
Serious consequences for people worldwide are now likely, they warn. However, it is not too late to act against it, Watson said, “but only if we start immediately at all local to global levels”.
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A similar global check was last presented 14 years ago. For the new edition, 145 authors from 50 countries gathered knowledge from thousands of studies and documents for three years.
“No one can say that there are no reliable findings about the global state of biodiversity, the direct and indirect causes of the current mass extinction and alternatives,” said co-author Jens Jetzkowitz from Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg.
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Source: IPBES Secretariat