“The news is not good. We continue to lose biodiversity at a rate never before seen in history – extinction rates may be up to 1000 times higher than the historical background rate. Business as usual is no longer an option if we are to avoid irreversible damage to the life-support systems of our planet.”
– The executive-secretary of the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity, Ahmed Djoghlaf.
See article looking at threats to the basics of life due to animal extinction.