People are destroying the world’s natural wealth so fast that society must change radically to meet development goals, the UN says in a landmark scientific report.

By Sabrina Shankman, Georgina Gustin, John H. Cushman Jr.

Humanity faces a biodiversity crisis just as profound as the climate crisis, and time is just as short for the urgent transformations of society that are the only way to escape the worst risks, an authoritative global scientific panel has concluded.

"Biodiversity," the panel declared, "is declining faster than at any time in human history." A million species are on the brink.

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