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Loss of biodiversity 'greater threat than climate change'

Biodiversity loss could become a greater threat to humanity than climate change and we are “running out of time” to turn things around, a Queensland academic warns.

On Monday, a new international report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) warned one million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction across the globe, more than ever before in human history.

In Australia three native species have become extinct in the last decade and scientists say 17 more could be wiped out in the next 20 years.

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