UN says one million species face extinction

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One million species face extinction as a result of human actions. Scientists estimate that Earth is today home to a whopping eight million distinct species! A large number of them are insects. According to the report, the pace of species loss is “tens to hundreds of times higher than it has been, on average, over the last 10 million years.” According to the report, deforestation has led to the loss of greenhouse gas-absorbing trees. Also, pollinating insects like bees are dying and polluted waters are killing protein-rich fish and limiting clean drinking water. Experts warn that deforestation and agriculture account for about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions, and have caused huge damage to natural ecosystems.