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Can nature be saved?

How do we change our behaviour to prevent the destruction of more eco-systems and a million species going extinct?

Biodiversity – that’s the subject of a major report from the UN this week – and it comes with an alarming warning: the variety and fabric of life on earth is in rapid decline all over the planet. Because of human behaviour, nearly a million species are facing extinction and many ecosystems are being irreversibly degraded. Using knowledge from both scientists and indigenous groups, the report highlights threats to clean water and air, and warns that soil damage could make it impossible to curb climate change. The solution? Sweeping and radical change, says the UN. We’ll look at the severity of this crisis that faces us all. And we’ll ask: how can people, businesses and governments be made to value nature? This week, Celia Hatton is joined by a group of experts to discuss what can be done to save life on earth.

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53 minutes

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Sat 11 May 2019 03:06GMT


Unai Pascual - Economist, Basque Centre for Climate Change and IPBES report co-author

Benjamin Burkhard - Landscape ecologist at the University of Hannover in German

Elizabeth Robinson - Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Reading

Doug Parr - Chief Scientist with Greenpeace

Also featuring:

Dave Clarke - Head of Invertebrates at ZSL London Zoo 

Matt McGrath - Environment correspondent for BBC News 

Charles Meshack - Executive Director of the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group 

Richard Roberts - Nobel Prize winning Biochemist and molecular biologist





Panamanian Golden Frog by Kike Calvo/UIG via Getty Images


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