Loss Of Global Plant, Animal Biodiversity Harms Progress On SDGs, IPBES Report Says

SciDev.Net: Biodiversity loss mars SDG success, report finds
“An ‘unprecedented’ loss of global biodiversity threatens the progress of more than 80 percent of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and puts 1 million animal and plant species at risk of extinction, a landmark scientific report has warned. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released a global assessment — the most comprehensive to date — at its 7th plenary meeting in Paris, France, on 6 May. … IPBES chairman Sir Robert Watson said humans were ‘eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health, and quality of life worldwide’…” (Vesper, 5/7).

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