One million species at risk of extinction, UN report warns


The Humble Scot!
May 19, 2009
THE BONDS THAT hold nature together may be at risk of unraveling from deforestation, overfishing, development, and other human activities, a landmark United Nations report warns. Thanks to human pressures, one million species may be pushed to extinction in the next few years, with serious consequences for human beings as well as the rest of life on Earth.

“The evidence is crystal clear: Nature is in trouble. Therefore we are in trouble,” said Sandra Díaz, one of the co-chairs of the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. A 40-page “Summary for Policy Makers” of the forthcoming full report (expected to exceed 1,500 pages) was released May 6 in Paris.

Based on a review of about 15,000 scientific and government sources and compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries, the global report is the first comprehensive look in 15 years at the state of the planet’s biodiversity. This report includes, for the first time, indigenous and local knowledge as well as scientific studies. The authors say they found overwhelming evidence that human activities are behind nature’s decline. They ranked the major drivers of species decline as land conversion, including deforestation; overfishing; bush meat hunting and poaching; climate change; pollution; and invasive alien species.

The tremendous variety of living species—at least 8.7 million, but possibly many more—that make up our “life-supporting safety net” provide our food, clean water, air, energy, and more, said Díaz, an ecologist at the National University of Cordoba in Argentina, in an interview. “Not only is our safety net shrinking, it’s becoming more threadbare and holes are appearing.”

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Honorary Master
Aug 7, 2003
This has to be one of the most perniciously anti-human ideas ever dreamed up by the enviroloons. Shame on them - they are enemies of humankind.

Let's not forget that this is the same United Nations that gives voice and comfort to every benighted and backward authoritarian regime, that peddles ludicrous agendas for social engineering, and which is staffed by a bureaucracy desperate to justify its own relevance. It has a sixty year record of ever-growing and ever-shriller denouncement of human liberty, siding consistently with the statists and collectivists. It's the same UN that has had Saudi Arabia and other despotic regimes chair its human rights organ. These people are insane. This bizarre report should be taken with a very large pinch of salt.
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