Biodiversity crisis ‘could threaten human existence’ | News


Humanity is closer than ever to irreversible climate breakdown 60 years on from the birth of the modern green movement, the head of the Environment Agency will warn today.

Sir James Bevan will say in a speech that the biodiversity crisis poses an existential threat to human survival. It will mark the publication of a report by the Environment Agency, which found that a quarter of England’s mammals, such as hedgehogs, water voles and red squirrels, face extinction. It found that 41 per cent of native fauna and flora species have decreased in abundance since 1970, with 15 per cent facing extinction. Among the mammals, birds, butterflies and moths designated as priority species, numbers plummeted 61 per cent in that period.

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