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| Last Updated:: 08/05/2019

A Million species threatened with extinction: Report








“The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide,” says Robert Watson, the IPBES chair. 



On the human-induced loss in ecosystems, the assessment is precise. Three-quarters of the land-based environment and about two-thirds of the marine environment have been significantly altered by human actions, says the assessment. Nearly 75 per cent of all freshwater resources are now used for crop and livestock rearing activities.

The impacts are equally scary. For example, productivity in 23 per cent of global land has reduced due to land degradation. “Up to $577 billion in annual global crops are at risk from pollinator loss and 100-300 million people are at increased risk of floods and hurricanes because of loss of coastal habitats and protection,” says the assessment.


The assessment adds that this decline would continue till 2050. 





The New Indian Express, 08 May 2019, Chennai.