The Issues: Biodiversity

Deemed as a ‘biological annihilation’ by one group of scientists, the decline in wildlife in recent decades has been labelled the sixth mass extinction. 

83 percent of all wild mammals and 50 percent of plants have been lost due to human activity, while 50 percent of individual animals have been lost since 1970. Insect populations have also dropped by 25 percent in the last 30 years. 

So serious is the problem that biodiversity loss was ranked as the third greatest risk to the world at the Da…