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Nature’s dangerous decline ‘unprecedented’: IPBES report

Nature’s dangerous decline ‘unprecedented’: IPBES report

Farmers spraying pesticides in a wheat field (Jinning Li/
"We cannot continue to manage our environment with a view that degradation does not matter if we cannot see it, or if it transpires elsewhere... the costs of doing nothing far outweigh the costs of tackling this degradation at the source"
Stumps caused by deforestation (Dudarev Mikhail/

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the summary of which was approved at the 7th session of the IPBES Plenary, meeting last week (29 April – 4 May) in Paris.

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This article was originally posted by The James Hutton Institute