Humans risk wiping out ONE MILLION natural species as the Earth's life-support system reaches breaking point, say UN scientists urging action
This is just "think of a number" talk. There is no way they could have tracked one million species. Extinction of species goes on all the time -- with or without human intervention. And "extinct" species keep re-emerging
And where is the "breaking point"? What is about to break? They do not say. Life seems to go on getting better and better all the time. Food has never before been as abundant or as cheap. China and India now feed their own people without having to import food. This nonsense below is just childish alarmism. It wouldn't even pass muster as a freshman essay
Mankind is on the verge of wiping out up to one million natural species which will put the Earth's vital life-support systems at breaking point, UN scientists will reportedly warn.
They say that food and water resources will run dry for future generations and put humanity in jeopardy unless immediate steps are taken to reverse climate destruction.
Stark warnings about the ecological crisis are to be made in a 1,800-page UN report which reveals that the annihilation of natural landscapes, forests and wetlands is leading to an 'unsustainable' loss of plants of animals which risk extinction.
Robert Watson, chairman of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), told the paper: 'There is no question we are losing biodiversity at a truly unsustainable rate that will affect human wellbeing both for current and future generations.
'We are in trouble if we don't act, but there are a range of actions that can be taken to protect nature and meet human goals for health and development.'
The global assessment on the state of nature - the product of 400 experts over three years - will construct several scenarios for the future based on likely decisions taken by governments and policymakers over the coming years.
Food, pollination, clean water and a stable climate all depend on a thriving plant and animal population.