Eight Billion People in the World Is a Crisis, Not an Achievement
The major driver of plant and animal loss is habitat destruction caused primarily by the encroachment of a swelling human population.
By Naomi Oreskes
The world reached two important milestones toward the end of last year. First, the human population passed eight billion in November, a whopping increase of one billion people since 2011. Then, in December, representatives of 188 governments adopted the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, promising to conserve and manage at least 30 percent of the planet for biodiversity and restore 30 percent of currently degraded ecosystems.
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