Topic Reading-Vol.2591-5/16/2019

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Topic Reading-Vol.2591-5/16/2019

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2019/05/16 Topic Reading-Vol.2591-5/16/2019

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

Nature crisis: Humans ‘threaten 1m species with extinction’

Global warning by a UN report. Humans are destroying the environment with their economic driven activities and environmentally destructive appetites, and as a result, an average of one in every four animals and plants is now threatened to extinction. This is an unprecedented decline in biodiversity and nature in a very short period of time. As the world’s population has doubled for the last 50 years, the global economy has grown by four times and international trade has increased by 10 folds. To fill hungry stomachs and meet the demanding appetites, forests have been transformed to farmland especially in tropical regions. Also, to produce goods and generate energy for living and comfort, more trees have been cut and the seas are reclaimed for residential and industrial uses. In fact, the size of urban areas around the world has doubled since 1992.

These are all at the cost of environment, on land, in the seas, in the sky. Temperatures are rising and animals, insects, birds, and fish are disappearing. This path to destruction seems to continue until decisive actions are taken immediately. It seems to be the time to change our focus from economic wealth for humans to the environmental welfare of the planet.

Enjoy reading the article and learn about the impacts of human activities on the environment and ecosystem.

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