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September 19, 2019 - The Guardian

The age of extinction: Biodiversity touches every aspect of our lives – so why has its loss been ignored?

The age of extinction: Biodiversity touches every aspect of our lives – so why has its loss been ignored?

The evidence is unequivocal: biodiversity, important in its own right and essential for current and future generations, is being destroyed by human activities at a rate unprecedented in human history.

In addition to playing a critical role in providing food, fibre, water, energy, medicines and other genetic materials, biodiversity is equally important in regulating climate, water quality, pollution, pollination, flooding and storm surges. Since 1970, human activities have destroyed and degraded forests, grasslands, wetlands and other ecosystems and significantly altered 75% of the ice-free land surface.

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