The world is "sleepwalking into an extinction crisis"

One million of the Earth's species are now under threat of extinction in an accelerating crisis.

A United Nations body has released the biggest-ever review of the state of nature, finding there will likely be grave impacts on humanity from unprecedented declines in biodiversity.

The report, three years in the making, was based on systematic reviews of 15,000 scientific and government sources. Global talks are planned next year to chart a post-2020 plan to prevent further damage to biodiversity – but Australia is accused of being missing in action.

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