end of the world! Study warns humanity is at risk of extinction due to biodiversity damage

The head of the UK Environment Agency has warned that irreversible damage to the Earth’s biodiversity could lead to the extinction of mankind, and we are getting closer to it.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EA), which operates under the government’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), has released a new study showing that since 1970, 41% of England’s native plant and animal species have declined sharply, with 15% the threat of extinction. The study warns that humanity is closer than ever to irreversible damage to biodiversity that could kill humanity, not just plants and animals.

In a speech launching the new report, the agency’s chief executive, Sir James Bevan, highlighted the link between a thriving natural environment, clean water, good soil, and the carbon stocks needed to survive.

Speaking at London-based Green Alliance think tank on Tuesday, Bevan noted that “the biodiversity crisis is a crisis because it will kill not only plants and animals, but us. This is because nature is indivisible and interdependent – ​​nature provides us with a set of things we depend on, such as clean water, clean air and food.”

A quarter of England’s mammals are at risk of extinction, according to the latest EPA study, Working with Nature – A report by a panel of leading scientists.

At the same time, the number of priority species of mammals, birds, butterflies and moths, which are already classified as the most threatened and require protection measures, decreased by 61%.

In his talk, Sir Bevan refers to the 1962 book Silent Spring by American writer Rachel Carson, who is credited with starting the modern environmental movement that eventually led to the DTT pesticide being banned throughout the US.

This book, which chronicles the destruction of entire ecosystems as a result of the reckless use of pesticides, will be used by the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to reflect on the state of humanity 60 years later.

Source: Express