Giant kelp is one of the fastest growing of all plants and can grow 50 cm a day; these giant stands can reach 50 m from sea floor to the surface, their fronds carried upwards by air filled floats.

​Interlinked emergencies: Climate change and biodiversity loss

The evidence is unequivocal—we are living through the dual crises of biodiversity loss and climate change driven by the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Scientists are clear: unless we stop treating these emergencies as two separate issues neither problem will be addressed effectively.

Tracking the health of nature over 50 years

The Living Planet Index (LPI)—which tracks populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians—reveals an average 69% decrease in monitored wildlife populations since 1970. The 2022 LPI analyzed almost 32,000 species populations. It provides the most comprehensive measure of how they are responding to pressures in their environment.

Biodiversity loss by region

  • 1. North America
  • 2. Latin America and The Caribbean
  • 3. Africa
  • 4. Europe - Central Asia
  • 5. Asia - Pacific
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Shorty Talae patrols his field in the evening. Elephants often raid at night and so Shorty will sleep out at his field throughout harvest season in order to react to elephants if they arrive. Eastern Pan Handle, Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Poetry for the Planet

Distinguished poets reflect on the magnificent but endangered planet we call home.

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Why are we losing biodiversity?

Why are we losing biodiversity?

A million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction. Discover the main drivers behind biodiversity loss

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How can we fix the biodiversity emergency?

How can we fix the biodiversity emergency?

From making food production and trade more efficient to reducing waste, reversing nature loss is possible

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Making technology work for our planet

Making technology work for our planet

How technology is helping us to repair, monitor and manage Earth’s natural resources sustainably

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