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Report: 1 million species threatened with extinction — page 1 
One out of every eight species on Earth could soon disappear.
In 2012, the United Nations formed a new environmental agency with a very long name. It is called the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, or IPBES for short. The IPBES headquarters is located in Bonn, Germany. This agency’s goal is to get scientists and policymakers on the same page when it comes to protecting all the species on Earth — including humans.

Earlier this year, IPBES released a new study called the Global Assessment Report. This study’s goal was to figure out the state of the world’s ecosystems. An ecosystem is a community of living things, together with the environment that sustains them. This detailed report took three years to compile, and involved more than 500 scientists from around the world.

According to this report, one million plant and animal species are in danger of extinction, many of them within decades. This works out to about one out of every eight species on Earth. Amphibians, such as the golden poison frog, are especially at risk. That’s because they have porous skin that easily absorbs toxic chemicals from the water, the land, and the air. Many species of fish, birds, mammals, and insects are endangered. There are also hundreds of thousands of endangered plant species, including the famous Venus flytrap.

The IPBES report concludes that human activity is to blame for many of these possible extinctions. According to Joyce Msuya of the U.N. Environmental Programme: “Our relentless demand for the Earth’s resources is accelerating extinction rates and devastating the world’s ecosystems.”

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