Brad Plumer, Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace
The conclusions of the UN report on the decline in biodiversity across the globe are stark. Compiled by hundreds of international experts and based on thousands of scientific studies, it concludes that, with the human population exceeding 7 billion, activities like farming, logging, poaching, fishing and mining are altering the natural world at a rate “unprecedented in human history” which is exacerbated by global warming – a major driver of wildlife decline. The report makes obvious the links between biodiversity and issues like food security and clean water (reads in 7-8 min).

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