One million species risk extinction due to humans: draft UN report

Heavy pollution hangs in the air over elevated motorways in Shanghai on December 15, 2015. FILE PHOTO | JOHANNES EISELE | AFP

What you need to know:

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

Up to one million species face extinction due to human influence, according to a draft UN report obtained by AFP that painstakingly catalogues how humanity has undermined the natural resources upon which its very survival depends.


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