Natural World & Biodiversity
Survival of natural world is in balance, says wildlife chief. (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and The Soil Association. )
There has been a 60% decline in the number of vertebrates worldwide since 1970 (Encyclopaedia Britannica and WWF)
"Reduced biodiversity means millions of people face a future where food supplies are more vulnerable to pests and disease, and where fresh water is in irregular or short supply." (WWF)
If the current rate of decline continued, insects would be wiped out entirely within a century. (Biological Conservation Journal)
Intensive agriculture is the main driver of the declines, particularly the heavy use of pesticides.
This is a climate emergency (Soil Association)