USA Today - May 6, 2019
Mother Nature is under attack.
In a sweeping, first-of-its-kind report, the United Nations on Monday said that more species now are threatened with extinction than at any time in human history, and that the exploding human population has severely altered the Earth's land, ocean and freshwater regions.
“While the planetary garden still exists,” Thomas Lovejoy of George Mason University said about the report, “it is in deep disrepair, frayed and fragmented almost beyond recognition."
The report said 1 million of the planet's 8 million species of plants and animals are at risk of going extinct in the near future. Scientists blame human activities that have led to loss of habitat, climate change, overfishing, pollution and invasive species.
The pace of species loss “is already tens to hundreds of times higher than it has been, on average, over the last 10 million years," according to the report.
For the past week, about 450 scientists met in Paris to come up with the 1,500-page report. The summary from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPEBS) was unanimously approved by more than 130 nations, including the United States. ...
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