UN RELEASES SUMMARY OF REPORT ON UNPRECEDENTED BIODIVERSITY LOSS
On May 6, the United Nation's Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released a summary of its global assessment report on threats to biodiversity. According to the summary, the number of species has dwindled by an average of 20% over the past 120 years, and sensitive animal groups have been hit particularly hard, with 40% of amphibians and roughly a third each of corals and marine mammals facing possible extinction. The authors point to the way in which humans use the land and oceans—from farming and fishing to logging, mining, and other attempts to extract natural resources from sensitive ecosystems—as playing a major role in these declines. IPBES plans to publish the full report, which is the result of an investigation into around 15,000 studies by 145 researchers, later this year. For the full story, see https://news.mongabay.com/2019/05/unprecedented-loss-of-biodiversity-th….