Climate Change and the New Age of Extinction

A report issued last week by the IPBES (the UN backed body that researches the planet's biodiversity, similar to what the IPCC does for climate change) offered some grim findings: we're killing the planet. The extinction rate of species globally is accelerating, with over 1,000,000 species threatened with extinction. As Elizabeth Kolbert writes in this piece on the report, the reality is that "Americans have, by now, grown inured to “last of” stories, which appear with the unsurprising regularity of seasonal dessert recipes." Unlike strawberry cobbler, the extinction of ecosystems will do more than impact your summer beach body goals.


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