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Up to a million species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction, warns major UN study


A major UN study has a bleak warning for human beings. Credit: PA

Published on the ITV News website on the 6th May 2019

Up to a million species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction, a greater number than ever before in human history.

That’s according to a major new UN study, which warns wildlife and habitats are declining at an “unprecedented” rate worldwide that directly threatens human beings.

Hundreds of scientists warn the natural world is deteriorating faster than ever as a direct result of human activity, eroding “the very foundations” of economies, livelihoods, food, health and quality of life worldwide.

A huge transformation is needed across the economy and society to protect and restore nature.

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‘This report will change your life’: what zero emissions means for UK

Committee on Climate Change sets out how UK can reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Airline emissions will need offsetting and no new home should be connected to the gas grid after 2025, the CCC said. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Published on The Guardian website on the 2nd May 2019

“Make no mistake, this report will change your life,” says Prof David Reay at the University of Edinburgh. “If the meticulous and robust expert advice here is heeded it will deliver a revolution in every facet of our lives, from how we power our homes and travel to work to the food we buy.”

The government’s official advisers the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said on Thursday that the UK’s net greenhouse gas emissions should fall to zero by 2050, emphasising that the transformation is necessary, affordable and desirable.

Setting the legally binding target, which has wide political support, will be the easy bit. But the scale of transformation needed to meet the target is enormous.

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