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What you need to know about the new UN report on human impact on nature
The accelerating loss of plant and animal species will have grave consequences for people worldwide, scientists warned on Monday in the largest comprehensive study into the impact of modern civilization on nature.
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June 29, 2015
The accelerating loss of plant and animal species will have grave consequences for people worldwide,...
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Wider Image - Great Barrier Reef At Risk
The accelerating loss of plant and animal species will have grave consequences for people worldwide, scientists warned on Monday in the largest comprehensive study into the impact of modern civilization on nature. Here are some of the key findings from the report, which was produced by the Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, which is comprised of 130 countries.

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March 05, 2019
PLANTS AND ANIMALS ACCELERATING LOSS: Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history,...
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Giant fennel plants are seen on a hillside overlooking Gnejna Bay, outside the village of Mgarr
PLANTS AND ANIMALS ACCELERATING LOSS: Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history, leaving a million species now at risk of extinction, some within decades.

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April 25, 2019
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES: Nature managed by indigenous peoples and local communities is under increasing pressure...
Brasilia, Brazil
Raoni Metuktire, a leader of the Brazilian indigenous ethnic Kayapo attends a meeting with congressmen...
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES: Nature managed by indigenous peoples and local communities is under increasing pressure but generally declining less rapidly than in other lands.

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September 19, 2018
SPECIES DECLINE: The average abundance of native species in most major land-based habitats has fallen...
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An aerial photograph shows the carcass of an elephant in the Mababe area
SPECIES DECLINE: The average abundance of native species in most major land-based habitats has fallen by at least 20 percent, mostly since 1900, and there has been a 30 percent reduction in global terrestrial habitat integrity caused by habitat loss and deterioration.

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June 19, 2015
EXPONENTIAL RATES: The current rate of global species extinction is tens to hundreds times higher than...
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A male orangutan waits at a feeding station at Camp Leakey in Tanjung Puting National Park in Central...
EXPONENTIAL RATES: The current rate of global species extinction is tens to hundreds times higher than the average over the last 10 million years, and the rate is accelerating.

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February 17, 2015
MARINE CREATURES: Around 40 percent of amphibian species are threatened with extinction, along with 33...
Haleiwa, UNITED STATES
Sandbar sharks swim around during a cageless shark dive tour in Haleiwa, Hawaii
MARINE CREATURES: Around 40 percent of amphibian species are threatened with extinction, along with 33 percent of reef forming corals, sharks and shark relatives, and more than 33 per cent of marine mammals.

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December 10, 2017
CLIMATE CHANGE HOLISTIC APPROACH: The world cannot save the climate without saving biodiversity and vice...
Ojai, UNITED STATES
Fire fighters attack the Thomas Fire’s north flank with backfires as they continue to fight a massive...
CLIMATE CHANGE HOLISTIC APPROACH: The world cannot save the climate without saving biodiversity and vice versa, since the natural systems that sustain life on Earth are intimately interconnected.

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May 12, 2017
NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS: Many of the most promising responses to climate change, such as protecting and...
CALCOENE, Brazil
The Wider Image: Brazil's new oil frontier threatens Amazon reef
NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS: Many of the most promising responses to climate change, such as protecting and restoring forests and wetlands, sustainable agriculture and respecting indigenous knowledge, also protect biodiversity and human wellbeing.

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August 01, 2018
ACCELERATING EXTINCTION: Using climate scenarios generated by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel...
WALGETT, Australia
The Wider Image: Australia's drought - the cancer eating away at farms
ACCELERATING EXTINCTION: Using climate scenarios generated by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the authors found that 16 per cent of species would be at risk of extinction if the world follows its current trajectory of 4.3 degrees Celsius of warming compared to pre-industrial levels.

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August 19, 2018
PROFOUND IMPACTS: Even if the world manages to limit warming to 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius, the ranges...
Amboseli, Kenya
Whirlwind is seen as elephant and zebras walk through the Amboseli National Park
PROFOUND IMPACTS: Even if the world manages to limit warming to 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius, the ranges of most terrestrial species are projected to shrink profoundly.

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October 10, 2018
LIMITED WARNING: Many of the policies that scientists hope could limit temperature rises to 1.5 degrees...
GRUMETI, Tanzania
Giraffes are seen at the Singita Grumeti Game Reserve
LIMITED WARNING: Many of the policies that scientists hope could limit temperature rises to 1.5 degrees would also deliver the greatest chance of preserving the most biodiversity possible.

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August 27, 2018
DIMINISHING SOILS: 23 percent of land areas have seen a reduction in agricultural productivity due to...
Krasnoyarsk Region, Russia
?ombines harvest barley in Krasnoyarsk Region
DIMINISHING SOILS: 23 percent of land areas have seen a reduction in agricultural productivity due to land degradation, which could be mitigated by a shift towards restorative farming practices and smallholding, which is better for the environment.

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March 14, 2019
VANISHING POLLINATORS: 75 percent of global food crop types rely on animal pollination, yet the loss...
Encinitas, UNITED STATES
A swarm of painted lady butterflies land on a Carolina cherry tree as they migrate north from Mexico...
VANISHING POLLINATORS: 75 percent of global food crop types rely on animal pollination, yet the loss of pollinators caused by intensive farming is putting $235-577 billion worth of annual global crop output at risk.

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November 12, 2013
DARK MONEY: 68 percent of foreign capital invested in the soy and beef sectors, which is driving deforestation...
Novo Progresso, Brazil
Cows graze on deforested Amazon rainforest next to another tract recently cleared and burned near Novo...
DARK MONEY: 68 percent of foreign capital invested in the soy and beef sectors, which is driving deforestation in the Amazon, is channeled through tax havens.

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August 06, 2018
DAMAGING SUBSIDIES: In 2015, an estimated $100 billion of financial support in wealthy OECD countries...
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Sunflower blooms in between dried-out ones during hot summer weather on a field near Benken
DAMAGING SUBSIDIES: In 2015, an estimated $100 billion of financial support in wealthy OECD countries was used to finance agricultural practices that are potentially harmful to the environment.

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October 10, 2018
OCEANS, FISHING AND AQUACULTURE OVER-FISHING: Major marine fish stocks are disappearing due to overfishing;...
Tokyo, Japan
Wholesalers check the quality of frozen tuna displayed during the first tuna auctions on the opening...
OCEANS, FISHING AND AQUACULTURE OVER-FISHING: Major marine fish stocks are disappearing due to overfishing; 33 percent of such stocks were being harvested at unsustainable levels in 2015.

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November 06, 2018
INDUSTRIAL SCALE: Industrial fishing fleets are now roving across 55 per cent of the world's ocean area,...
PAITA, Peru
Fishing boats are seen at the port of Paita
INDUSTRIAL SCALE: Industrial fishing fleets are now roving across 55 per cent of the world's ocean area, and sustainable practices are taking place on too small a scale to meaningfully address the over-fishing crisis.

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November 01, 2018
BIG BUSINESS: Billions of dollars worth of the annual subsidies awarded to boost the capacity of the...
PORTALBAN, Switzerland
Fisherman Cyril Delley gives fishes to the gulls on Lac de Neuchatel near Portalban
BIG BUSINESS: Billions of dollars worth of the annual subsidies awarded to boost the capacity of the world's fishing fleets may have a negative impact on nature.

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November 02, 2018
FEWER FISH: Fish biomass is projected to decrease by 3-25 percent by the end of the century in low and...
Tokyo, Japan
Visitors look at bluefin tunas swimming in a tank at the Tokyo Sea Life Park in Tokyo
FEWER FISH: Fish biomass is projected to decrease by 3-25 percent by the end of the century in low and high climate warming scenarios, respectively.

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May 07, 2008
DEAD ZONES: Pollution from fertilizers has led to the formation of 400 low oxygen 'dead zones' in coastal...
OFF TIOMAN ISLAND, Malaysia
Divers swim above a bed of dead corals off Malaysia's Tioman island in the South China Sea
DEAD ZONES: Pollution from fertilizers has led to the formation of 400 low oxygen 'dead zones' in coastal waters covering more than 245,000 square kilometres.

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