Humans Are Driving A Million Species Towards Extinction, Says UN Report

  • With a remaining wild population estimated at fewer than 10,000 individuals, the red panda is listed as Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.

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Humanity has long proven to be a planet-altering colossus, but an exhaustive and damning report from the United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) says our activities have thrust global biodiversity into an unprecedented and dangerous decline.

The 1,500-page report was compiled over three years by hundreds of environmental experts from 50 countries, and draws on thousands of scientific and government studies as well as knowledge from indigenous and local sources, according to a statement released Monday by the IPBES. A summary of its findings was approved last week by representatives from the United States

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