U.N. warns only 10 years left to save Earth's biodiversity from mass extinction

by Daniel Payne · Jan 14th, 2020 2:48 pm

Last Updated Jan 14th, 2020 at 9:15 pm

The United Nations is warning that there is only a decade left to reverse current environmental trends before global biodiversity takes a critical and irreversible turn for the worse.

The international organization said that current rates of extinction must be stabilized by 2030 with a projected 2050 goal of full ecological recovery. Decreased use of plastics and protected statuses for biodiverse tracts of land were among the UN's proposed solutions.

The organization claimed last year that 1/8 of the world's species are facing annihilation, an ongoing consequence of what scientists have determined is Earth's sixth mass extinction event, and the first one caused by humans.


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