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Humanity faces a global environmental emergency – that’s the stark warning issued today by the world’s top nature scientists and representatives from 132 governments as they publish the damning results of a three-year assessment into the health of our planet’s ecosystems. The report reveals the alarming extent of global biodiversity breakdown with up to one million species set to disappear within a few decades.

The ‘Global assessment report’ – the most comprehensive study of the planet’s life-support systems ever carried out proves the world is experiencing a ‘sixth mass extinction event’ – as a result of human behaviour. The 1800-page overview of nature collapse, carried out by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), contains analysis of how changing use of land impacts nature, from forests being cleared to grow soy for livestock feed to wetlands being dredged and polluted.

The IPBES report comes amid growing global public concern about both climate and nature breakdown, with school strikes and Extinction Rebellion protests around the world calling on governments to both stop climate emissions and defend nature. It also comes just a few weeks before the European elections, with recent polls showing that the environment is a key priority for 82% of voters. The IPBES report is a key piece of scientific evidence for policymakers around the world as it sets out recommendations to decision makers based on future scenarios that depend on the decisions they may or may not take. In 2020, world leaders will take key decisions on the future direction of the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals, and a new global framework for biodiversity and nature until 2030.

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