In data: the biodiversity crisis

A UN conference in December is hoping to set targets to mitigate humanity’s impact on wildlife and habitats. Here we assess the damage so far and why it matters.

The World Today Published 2 December 2022 Updated 16 December 2022 1 minute READ

The variety of life on Earth and its ecosystems will be the subject of urgent attention in December at the UN conference on biodiversity in Montreal, COP15. It’s hoped that robust targets to protect wildlife and natural habitats will be agreed after decades of failure. Humanity’s rapid growth and increasing consumption are destroying biodiversity on a scale that threatens much of life on Earth. including our own.

Population growth and decline

Since 1970, wildlife populations have fallen by two-thirds while humanity’s has more than doubled.

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