UN: by 2050 almost 1 million animal species will die out on Earth

The 1,800-page study, which brings together more than 15 thousand scientific articles and publications, states that

More than 1 million species are at risk of extinction within decades. According to the UN, 75% of land, 40% of oceans and 50% of river waters are already “showing degradation due to human activities.”

This is mainly due to greenhouse emissions.gases. According to the UN, since 1980, the level of anthropogenic emissions has doubled - this led to an increase in the average temperature on Earth of at least 0.7 ° C.

In addition, the most susceptible to extinctionturned out to be insects, writes the publication. On average, the total weight of all insects on the planet is reduced by 2.5% annually. If the trend continues, by 2190, insects may not remain on Earth at all, which will fundamentally change the entire biosphere.

Sidebar

Previously a group of scientists from universities of Texas andBristol hypothesized that the reason for the slowdown in the process of restoring life on Earth after a mass extinction of species is evolution. If the researchers' hypothesis is correct, then after the current mass extinction, caused by human activity, life on Earth will be restored for several tens of millions of years.