Up To 1M Plant, Animal Species Face Extinction, Report Says, Examines Impacts On Human Food, Water Security

Washington Post: One million species face extinction, U.N. panel says. And humans will suffer as a result.
“Up to 1 million plant and animal species are on the verge of extinction, with devastating implications for human survival, according to a United Nations report released Monday. The report’s findings underscore the conclusions of numerous scientific studies that say human activity is wreaking havoc on the wild kingdom, threatening the existence of living things ranging from giant whales to small flowers and insects that are almost impossible to see with the naked eye. But the global report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services goes a step further than previous studies by linking the loss of species to humans and analyzing its effect on food and water security, farming, and economies…” (Fears, 5/6).

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