1 million species risk extinction due to humans: Draft UN report.

1 million species risk extinction due to humans: Draft UN report.

April 28, 2019.

According to a draft UN report, In this materialistic World, man has achieved vast success in every field of life but he never hesitates to go against mother nature and its constituents and due to this up to one million species face extinction due to human influence because humanity has undermined the natural resources upon which its very survival depends.

The report says, which is to be unveiled on May 6, not only the accelerating loss of clean air, drinkable water, CO2-absorbing forests, pollinating insects, protein-rich fish, and storm-blocking mangroves but the dwindling services rendered by Nature also poses no less of a threat than climate change.

The 44-page Summary for Policy Makers, which distills a 1,800-page UN assessment of scientific literature on the state of Nature unveils that biodiversity loss and global warming are closely linked.

The executive summary will be vet line-by-line by the delegates from 130 nations meeting in Paris from April 29. Wording may change, but figures lifted from the underlying report cannot be altered.

Robert Watson, chair of the UN-mandated body that compiled the report without divulging its findings, said, “We need to recognize that climate change and loss of Nature are equally important, not just for the environment, but as development and economic issues as well”.

He said, “The way we produce our food and energy is undermining the regulating services that we get from Nature”. He also adds that only “transformative change” can stem the damage.

About a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions is due to deforestation and agriculture, including livestock production and, have wreaked havoc on natural ecosystems as well.

A report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) warns of “an imminent rapid acceleration in the global rate of species extinction.” It notes, the pace of loss, ”
is already tens to hundreds of times higher than it has been, on average, over the last 10 million years.”

A so-called “mass extinction event” – only the sixth in the last half-billion years – is already underway, said by many experts. “Half-a-million to a million species are projected to be threatened with extinction, many within decades.”

Researchers estimate that Earth is today home to some eight million distinct species, a majority of the insects. A quarter of cataloged animal and plant species are already being crowded, eaten or poisoned out of existence.

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