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October 21, 2020 - One Green Planet

A Fifth of World Countries at Risk of Ecosystem Collapse Due to Human Activity

A Fifth of World Countries at Risk of Ecosystem Collapse Due to Human Activity
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One-fifth of the world’s countries are at risk of ecosystem collapse from the destruction of wildlife and biodiversity, according to an analysis by the insurance firm Swiss Re.

The analysis finds that 55 percent of global GDP depends on high-functioning biodiversity but the foundational ecosystem services – food, clean water and air, and habitat protection – are being actively destroyed by human activity.

Protecting biodiversity is critical for wildlife and plant ecosystems but also necessary for the stability of local communities and economies.

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