Scientists Warn: One Million Animal and Plant Species at Risk of Extinction Within Decades

According to a recent report by UN scientists, more than a million animal and plant species are threatened by extinction. We need to avoid using plastics, among other things, to turn extinction threat around.

Mother nature is in big trouble. Humans have caused great damage to our planet, and scientists have recently presented a landmark 1,000-page report that issues a chilling warning: extinction looms over more than one million animal and plant species.

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Saving Earth

Experts have warned that animal and plant species on earth are driven to extinction at rates tens or hundreds of times faster than in the past.

In order to save many of the endangered species, scientists say we need to change our way of life.

Specifically, experts have suggested we need to completely rethink the way we grow food, produce energy, and deal with Earth’s climate. Furthermore, we need to change the way we dispose of waste if we want future generations to have a world they can live in.

By the Numbers – Key Statistics and Facts from the Report

By the Numbers – Key Statistics and Facts from the Report
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Together as one

To solve the issues, governments, private companies and the people must unite.

Simple changes can make a huge difference, explained Josef Settele co-chairman of the report, an ecological scientist of the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research in Germany.

Changing the way we grow food is something we need to start looking into.

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Alternative ways of growing food

‘We can actually feed all the coming billions of people without destroying another inch of nature,’ explained George Mason University biologist Professor Thomas Lovejoy, who was not part of the report.

“The biological diversity of this planet has been really hammered, and this is really our last chance to address all of that,” Professor Lovejoy revealed.

“This is the strongest call we’ve seen for reversing the trends on the loss of nature,” explained Dr. Rebecca Shaw, chief scientist for the World Wildlife Fund.

But its not just about saving many animal and plant species from extinction. This is a call to preserve a world that has become extremely hard for humans to live in, revealed Sir Robert Watson, a former scientist at NASA.

“We are indeed threatening the potential food security, water security, human health and social fabric of humanity,” Sir Robert revealed in an interview with The Associated Press.

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