According to a study released by United Nations Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on May 6, a million species are at risk of extinction because of human activity. Photo: EPA
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Mark Footer

Forget the US-China trade war, mass extinction should be the far bigger story

  • A recent study revealed that a million species are at risk of extinction because of the way we abuse the planet and its resources
  • Few in the mainstream media and beyond seem to grasp the seriousness of the environmental crisis facing humankind

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According to a study released by United Nations Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on May 6, a million species are at risk of extinction because of human activity. Photo: EPA
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Giraffes and zebras congregate under the shade of a tree in the afternoon in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Photo: AP

Scientists warn a million species at risk of extinction because of human activity

  • Compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries, the study is a cornerstone of an emerging body of research suggesting the need for ‘post-growth’ economics
  • Otherwise the world faces existential risks posed by the mutually-reinforcing consequences of pollution, habitat destruction and carbon emissions
Topic |   Climate change

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Giraffes and zebras congregate under the shade of a tree in the afternoon in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Photo: AP
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