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Biodiversity collapse poses same risk as climate change, group says

Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has said that the world’s species diversity is at risk of collapse and threatens humanity in the same way global warming does.

Africa Delegation IPBES-6
Africa Delegation at IPBES-6

“All people must accept responsibility for their actions,’’ Robert Watson said at the opening of the IPBES-7 plenary session on biodiversity at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France on Monday, April 29, 2019.

Biodiversity refers to the variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat, a high level of which is usually considered to be important and desirable.

Delegates from more than 130 countries are gathered in Paris to take part in an IPBES debate about the results of a global report on the state of the natural world.

The findings are meant to be distilled into a report summary that can form the basis for action, specifically in politics.

The goal is to develop a collective stance on the state of affairs in the biodiversity realm that includes problems and possible solutions, like the documents developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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