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One Planet: Mass extinction and climate change

Jun 16, 2019

  On this edition of next Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll discuss the recent UN report warning that over one million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction over the next few decades.

The report also found that at least 10 percent of insect species and 33 percent of all marine mammals and reef-forming corals are threatened. Why are so many plants and animals disappearing? What's being done to reverse this trend and improve biodiversity worldwide?

Guests:

Stuart Pimm, professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment

Pamela McElwee, associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Science

Web Resources:

The Globe Post: ‘One Million Species Risk Extinction’ Uncertain and Misses Key Point

Rutgers University: Assoc. Professor Pamela McElwee speaks about her role in the United Nations’ IPBES Global Biodiversity Assessment

The UN Report: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

Scientific American: What Conservation Efforts Can Learn from Indigenous Communities

The Guardian: Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth's natural life