International

Nature In Crisis: One Million Species At Risk of Extinction, UN Warns

Nature In Crisis: One Million Species At Risk of Extinction, UN Warns

Credit: United Nations

According to a recent United Nations biodiversity report developed by 145 expert authors from 50 countries, one million of the planet’s eight million species are threatened with extinction by humans, which scientists described as the most comprehensive assessment of global nature loss ever.

“The evidence is crystal clear: Nature is in trouble. Therefore we are in trouble,” said Sandra Díaz, one of the co-chairs of the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

The global rate of species extinction “is already tens to hundreds of times higher than it has been, on average, over the last 10 million years,” according to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

The authors say they found overwhelming evidence that human activities are behind nature’s decline, as they ranked the major drivers of species decline to include deforestation; overfishing; climate change; and pollution.

“Not only is our safety net shrinking, it’s becoming more threadbare and holes are appearing,”  said Díaz, an ecologist at the National University of Cordoba in Argentina.

Between 1980 and 2000, 100 million hectares of tropical forest were lost, mainly from cattle ranching in South America and palm oil plantations in South East Asia.

The report states that more than 40% of amphibians, 33% of coral reefs and over a third of all marine mammals are threatened with extinction.

“My biggest personal concern is the state of the oceans,” Sir Robert Watson, Chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), told National Geographic.

“Plastics, dead zones, overfishing, acidification… We’re really screwing up the oceans in a big way.”

The report comes six months after the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that the world has less than 12 years to avoid the catastrophic consequences of global warming.
In order to prevent this, society needs to shift from a sole focus on chasing economic growth and base their economies on the fact that nature is the foundation for development. Thereby, shifting to a nature-based planning can help provide a better quality of life.

Qatar Threatens to Ban Entry Visas for Egyptian “Enemies”
Electric Car Owners Can Temporarily License Their Electric Cars According to Minister of Interior

Subscribe to our newsletter


International

More in International

Janet Jackson, 50 Cent Replace Minaj at Jeddah Festival

Egyptian StreetsJuly 19, 2019

Nicki No More, Minaj Cancels Saudi Performance

Egyptian StreetsJuly 10, 2019

Christie’s Tutankhamun Head Fetches £4.7m Despite Egypt Officials’ Outrage

Egyptian StreetsJuly 5, 2019

Nicki Minaj to Perform at Jeddah Music Festival

Egyptian StreetsJuly 3, 2019

West African Nations Choose New Single Currency ‘ECO’

Egyptian StreetsJuly 1, 2019

Sudanese Protests March a “One Million Man March” Demanding the Fall of TMC

Nour EltiganiJune 30, 2019

Egypt’s Sisi Meets World Leaders at G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan

Egyptian StreetsJune 29, 2019

Palestine Calls New US Economic Plan “Second Balfour Declaration”

Egyptian StreetsJune 23, 2019
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.