We have 10 years to save Earth's biodiversity as mass extinction caused by humans takes hold, UN warns
00:30, Thursday, 16 January, 2020
Almost a third of the Earth will need to be protected by 2030 and pollution cut by half to save our remaining wildlife, as we enter the planet's sixth era of mass extinction, according to a United Nations agency.
The UN Convention on Biological Diversity released a draft plan on Monday, which sets global goals to combat the ongoing biodiversity crisis in the coming decades. The convention had set similar targets in 2010, at a summit in Japan. But the world failed to meet most of those 2020 goals -- and is now facing unprecedented extinction rates, threatened ecosystems, and severe consequences for human survival.