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Humans are driving one million species to extinction – Nature

Landmark UN-backed report finds that agriculture is one of the biggest threats to Earth's ecosystems.

Via Jeff Tollefson, Nature

Up to one million plant and animal species face extinction, many within decades, because of human activities, says the most comprehensive report yet on the state of global ecosystems.

Without drastic action to conserve habitats, the rate of species extinction — already tens to hundreds of times higher than the average across the past ten million years — will only increase, says the analysis. The findings come from a United Nations-backed panel called the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).”

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