According to a United Nations supported report organized by 145 experts from across the world, stated that the life on the planet is under great threat with biodiversity diminishing at rates that hasn’t been seen in human history.
The alarming outlook comes via the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), set up by the UN in 2012, and a panel of more than 300 authors who scientifically gauged the state of life on Earth over the last three years.
A summary of the findings was submitted in Paris on 6the May, drawing on over 15,000 sources to deliver a systematic global judgement of its effects on the natural world — and how this impacts the future of humanity.
The downfall of Earth’s biodiversity and ecosystems is not completely a new information, with years of reporting displaying that people are living through the planet’s sixth major extinction event. That has prompted conservationists and scientists to use terms, such as “biological extermination” and “extinction tsunami” to describe the destruction. The new report supports those claims showing:
1. Humans have naturally changed 75% of the land and 66% of marine environments.
2. Up to 1 million plant and animal species are endangered with extinction within decades.
3. 680 species, to be specific, would be driven to destruction by humans since the 16th century.
4. 40% of amphibian species, 33% of reef-forming corals and over 33% of all marine mammals are endangered.
5. A conditional estimate for insects hints 10% are threatened.
The report finds that the basic zeal behind the destruction is rapid changes in human use of land and sea and the misuse of natural resources. Also, climate change, introduction of invasive species, and pollution has directly affected nature.
Without change, biodiversity is going to collapse. The IPBES report displays present goals for safeguarding the planet and averting or reversing the effects may only be attained through a system-wide reorganization across technological, economic and social factors. The prediction is grim.