Life on Earth originated around 4 billion years ago. While it initially existed only in the oceans, it later spread to the land and atmosphere. Since then, an unfathomable number of species have evolved, around half of which are insects. Numerous plant and animal species have yet to be documented, and many new ones are being discovered every day.

While we are only just beginning to understand the web of interdependencies between organisms, humans are jeopardizing our planet’s highly complex ecosystems and their inhabitants by clearing forests, overfishing the oceans and overfertilizing agricultural land. Air pollution and increasing levels of acidity in the oceans are having profound consequences.

The pace of extinction has accelerated to the point that species are vanishing before we even have a chance to discover them. Find out more here.

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Humboldt penguins in Chile Several thousand pairs of the vulnerable Humboldt penguins breed in Chile’s La Higuera/Isla Chañaral region (© Stefan Görlitz / Sphenisco)

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Chile: give Humboldt penguins the protection they need!

The breeding area of the Humboldt penguins off the northern Chilean coast is a “hope spot” for life on earth. But as in the past, port and mining projects are once again threatening the vulnerable penguins. Chilean environmentalists are calling for the birds’ habitat to be placed under strict protection.

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To: President Sebastián Piñera

“Put the habitat of the Humboldt penguins under strict protection and apply to have La Higuera/Isla Chañaral listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

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