Published on 13 April 2018


[INFOGRAPHIC] Planet Earth facing a man-made mass extinction

All signals are red. According to biodiversity experts, Earth is facing a "mass extinction" of its species, the first since the disappearance of dinosaurs 65 million years ago and the sixth in the last 500 million years. But more importantly, it is the first extinction caused by human activity, and in line with global warming.

58% of vertebrates have already disappeared in the last 40 years.

We up against a wall. This is essentially the warning given by the experts of the IPBES, the IPCC for Biodiversity, as they gathered in Colombia a few days ago. For three years, more than 550 researchers have studied the state of biodiversity on five continents and the results are chilling. Because ultimately, it is the future of humanity that is threatened.

"Our companies are living on borrowed time. It is time for an awakening", said Nicolas Hulot, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition in France. "The IPBES report will allow us to put the issue of biodiversity erosion at the same level of importance as global warming," he affirmed.

The Head of State himself, Emmanuel Macron, posted a video on Twitter - viewed more than 200,000 times - in which he warns about the collapse of biodiversity during Earth Hour on 24 March. "The days of denial are over," he said, "we are not just losing the battle against climate change, we are losing our battle against the collapse of biodiversity."

France at the Forefront

France will host the 7th session of the Global Expert Group on Biodiversity next spring, from 29 April to 4 May, 2019. Its mission will be to establish "the first global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services", which "will serve as a benchmark for the development of the future global framework concerning post-2020 biodiversity" said in a statement by the French ministry.

In addition, Paris is also a candidate to host the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) World Congress in Marseille in 2020. That same year, China will host the COP15 for biodiversity.

Concepcion Alvarez, @conce1


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