Biodiversity loss 'not slowing'

A recent report has suggested that more needs to be done to curb the loss of natural habitats

Published in Science, the report claimed that biodiversity is declining with "no significant reductions in rate".

While there were some small victories, including an increased response to sustainable forest management, the rate of biodiversity loss did not appear to be slowing.

Responding to the report, Ed Dearnley, policy officer at Environmental Protection UK, called for the focus to move away from technology.

"Essentially we rely very much on technical progress," said Mr Dearnley.

He added: "We would suggest that you need to actually look at how you do things better as well as the technological route.

"For example with transport, how we might encourage people to shift onto more sustainable modes of transport."

The report in Science also found that pressures on biodiversity are rising.

These include increased levels of resource consumption, higher levels of nitrogen pollution, more invasive alien species and overexploitation of the natural environment.

Source: ©EST

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