A new UN report says the 1 million plants and animals identified, could be extinct within decades, amid a ‘mass extinction event’
Adaeze, an 18-month-old cheetah, from the Leo Zoo, in Greenwich, Ct., stares at news photographers following a briefing on "Combating Threats to the Cheetah, Africa's Most Endangered Big Cat, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, April 25, 2016 A new UN report says the 1 million plants and animals identified, could be extinct within decades, it says, amid a “mass extinction event” (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo).
Humans have pushed about 1 million varieties of plants and animals to the brink of extinction, according to a new United Nations report that arrives as congressional Republicans and the Trump administration try to diminish endangered species protections in the United States.
Many of the species identified in the report could be extinct within decades, the report says, amid a “mass extinction event” caused by humans putting more flora and fauna on the edge of eradication than ever before in their history. By transforming land and waterways, exploiting organisms, polluting, shifting species’ habitats and fueling climate change, humanity has eroded nature dramatically since the Industrial Revolution, according to the authors.