The conclusions of UN’s landmark global biodiversity assessment report AKA “the most thorough planetary health check” are out and they’re not looking good.

The sixth mass extinction

The report, from UN’s expert nature panel IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), was prepared by nearly 500 scientists who analyzed around 15,000 academic studies over three years.

Below are some of the depressing stats it shared:

Basically, we’re heading into the sixth mass extinction and we have only ourselves to blame.

What have we done to the world?

According to BBC, current extinction rates are about 1,000 times higher than before humans came along, and future rates are likely to go up to 10,000 times higher.

We reproduced (population has doubled since 1970), bulldozed out the forests and stole land from animals, consumed and threw away things, and dug up and burned fossils all without giving a single fuck about nature.

Below are some of the awful things we did and how they’re affecting us:

We need better governance and policies

The authors of the report say the decline of nature is likely to continue for at least 50 years. However, they added that it can largely still be turned around if govts, businesses and individuals committed to working together urgently.

Kai Chan, professor at the U of British Columbia and global assessment lead author said that “governments must get serious about reining in the power of business to regulate itself” and that right now “few governments fully understand the magnitude of the problems we face. Most deny the reality of the existential threat we face.”

Was Chan throwing a sub at people like Trump, Xi, and Bolsonaro? You decide…


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