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.