According to a study published this month in the journal Nature, animals and plants are the worlds largest living organisms.
With over 3,000 species in the world, and many species on the brink of extinction, the study highlights the importance of conserving the planet’s natural biodiversity, particularly those species that are at risk of extinction.
The study’s authors concluded that a global effort to conserve and protect the world’s biodiversity is needed to ensure future generations can enjoy it.
Here are some of the highlights from the study.
More than 40% of the world has no species2.
At least 40% is endangered3.
The number of species is declining faster than anywhere else4.
Some species are disappearing faster than others5.
The planet is getting more diverse6.
We have to do more to help keep our planet safe7.
The species of plants and animals are decreasing in number in the wild8.
Our oceans are becoming more acidic, with an increase in plankton and other organisms9.
The oceans are warming more rapidly than ever10.
The world is on track to hit the tipping point as CO2 levels increase, as well as rising sea levels11.
A global solution to climate change is urgently needed to keep our oceans cool and safe12.
As a species, we are at the end of the line in terms of living longer.
Most of our world is in the danger zone, which is the place where species are already being eliminated.
In some places, extinction is already happening14.
Our species have reached a point of no return, and the world needs to move into this future.15.
A new global strategy is urgently required to deal with the threats facing the species we share the planet with16.
We cannot afford to wait for this moment to come.
We must do more.
It is essential to get on with the task of protecting the planet and preserving biodiversity in the face of global warming.
The report shows that we are not there yet.
We need to do much more to preserve biodiversity.
This will be a daunting task, but it is one we must undertake together.
The authors say this is a global challenge that has to be addressed globally.
In the words of one author, we have to take care of all species, not just some of them.
This is why we must take on our responsibility to conserve biodiversity and to protect the natural environment, and also to make sure that future generations have access to the greatest amount of natural resources and the greatest quantity of the most diverse and diverse species of life on earth.20.
The fact that a majority of the planet is in a danger zone shows that the planet can survive extreme events that can devastate it, and that the world will need to move beyond what we call the end game to find a balance between increasing biodiversity and conserving ecosystems.
This article first appeared on National Geographic News.