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New species extinction target proposed for global nature rescue plan


The upcoming future strategy for conserving biodiversity must include a prominent target to lower extinction rates, according to group including UCL scientists.

Biodiversity loss has continued unabated at an alarming rate, and so far, action to deliver on the global agreements in place has failed to prevent further declines. Strong science-based action is needed, the scientists argue, driven through the recognition of a prominent biodiversity target, comparable to that of the two-degree climate target.

In proposals published today in the journal Science, conservation experts are suggesting a long-term goal to reduce species extinctions towards natural rates, with an easily measurable objective of fewer than 20 extinctions a year. MORE

Header image: Pig-footed bandicoot (Chaeropus), part a genus of mammals last seen in Australia in the 1950s. Credit: John Gould’s “The Mammals of Australia,” sourced from Wikimedia Commons.