Given that agricultural land is expanding at the expense of forests, marine stocks are being decimated by overfishing and coral reefs are getting clogged by plastic, it comes as no real surprise that plant and animal species are getting decimated. The UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) conducted one of the most comprehensive checks
on the state of the planet ever and it has found that human activity is having a devastating impact on the environment. The insatiable human thirst for food and energy is primarily to blame and that has caused nature to decline at a rate never previously seen. The research found that 1 million species are now at risk of extinction.
Some key takeaways from the report include 85 percent of wetlands present in 1700 being lost by 2000, the amount of urban area doubling since 1992 and 100 million hectares of forest disappearing between 1980 and 2000. Given those findings, it comes as no real surprise that the impact on plants and wildlife has been disastrous
. Human activity is killing species in greater numbers than ever before with one in four species now threatened.
The following infographic provides an overview of the species at risk of extinction
. 40 percent of amphibians could go extinct, along with 33 percent of marine mammals and 14 percent of birds. The report did state that it is not too late to halt this trend and improve the situation but that the picture is ominous. IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson, warned that “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.”