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May 17, 2019 - The New Yorker

Climate Change and the new age of extinction

Climate Change and the new age of extinction
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People easily forget “last of” stories about individual species, but the loss of nature also threatens our existence.

The U.N.-backed I.P.B.E.S. is to flora and fauna what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is to the atmosphere. Based in Bonn, it is funded by a hundred and thirty-two member nations, including the United States. More than three hundred experts contributed to its latest assessment, which runs to more than fifteen hundred pages.

The authors trace two diverging trend lines: one upward-sloping, for people, and one sloping downward, for everything else.

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