According to a comprehensive new study on biodiversity, one-eighth of Earth’s plant and animal species are at risk of disappearing, some within decades. Over 450 experts from 50 countries contributed the report, which found that humans, whose population has more than doubled since 1900, extract 60 billion tons of natural resources annually. One researcher warns we’re “eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”
What can be done? Experts are pushing a “local to global” focus, saying issues like runoff and freshwater conservation are just as important as setting national-level climate goals.