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Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

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Healthy Environments

 Community action for landscape-scale change is a key strategy of Wheatbelt NRM. It is local action that will build the momentum for global change. And according to a recent UN report urgent action is needed if we are to avoid a monumental loss of nature.

The United Nations scientific report documents the “unprecedented” decline in global biodiversity that has alarming implications for human health, prosperity and long-term survival

“The Report also tells us that it is not too late to make a difference, but only if we start now at every level from local to global”, said Sir Robert Watson, chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which conducted a global assessment.

The Report finds that around 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history. 

The five drivers of change in nature with the largest global impact are:

  • Changes in land use
  • Direct exploitation of organisms
  • Climate change
  • Pollution
  • Invasive species

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