IPBES Global Assessment Report shows evidence that the Species Extinction Rate is accelerating!

Wednesday, 15 May, 2019
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Our biodiversity is in serious danger, according to the IPBES Global Assessment Report released on May 06th 2019. Up to one million species could face extinction soon due to human influence on the natural world.

Based on a review of about 15,000 scientific and government sources and compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries, the global report is the first comprehensive look in 15 years at the state of the planet’s biodiversity.

The IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is the first intergovernmental Report of its kind and builds on the landmark Millennium Ecosystem Assessment of 2005.

The draft report also details the ways in which humanity’s growing footprint has deeply compromised Earth’s capacity to renew resources upon which civilisation depends, beginning with freshwater, breathable air, productive soil and the natural pollination of food crops.

The report makes out five main issues, reking them form biggest to smallest threat: , (1) changes in land and sea use; (2) direct exploitation of organisms; (3) climate change; (4) pollution; and (5) invasive alien species.

“The overwhelming evidence of the IPBES Global Assessment, from a wide range of different fields of knowledge, presents an ominous picture,” said IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson. “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”

Despite progress to conserve nature and implement policies, the report clarifies that global goals for conserving and sustainably using nature cannot be met by current trajectories and goals for 2030 and beyond may only be achieved through transformative changes across economic, social, political and technological domains.

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