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World Environment Day: it’s time for nature

World Environment Day: it’s time for nature

We need to learn to nurture nature, Hutton ecologists say (Photo: UNEP)
"We are extremely well placed to help society by understanding the impacts of rapid biodiversity loss and finding routes to sustainable management that can help reverse them"
We need to learn to nurture nature, Hutton ecologists say

Biodiversity —the variety of species, the genes within them, and the habitats in which they live— is threatened like never before. According to figures from the United Nations Environment Programme, we are on the verge of mass extinction: within the next 10 years, around 1 million species may be wiped off the surface of the planet - one out of every four known species. Wildlife has declined on average by over 60 per cent in last 50 years. At this rate, species are disappearing tens to hundreds of times faster than the average speed of the past 10 million years.

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Bernardo Rodriguez-Salcedo, Media Manager, James Hutton Institute, Tel: +44 (0)1224 395089 (direct line), +44 (0)344 928 5428 (switchboard) or +44 (0)7791 193918 (mobile).

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This article was originally posted by The James Hutton Institute