Biodiversity

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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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Olive Ridley sea turtle A rare sight: an Olive Ridley sea turtle (© Nature Picture Library/Alamy)

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Save Malaysia's sea turtles!

A proposed land reclamation project and sand mining in Malaysia threaten a nesting ground of vulnerable Olive Ridley turtles and a marine biodiversity hotspot. The projects would also endanger the livelihoods of artisan fishermen in Penang and Perak. Please sign our petition to the Prime Minister of Malaysia!

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To: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Prime Minister of Malaysia

Save the Olive Ridley turtles and protect the livelihoods of artisanal fishermen! Save the Malaysian coastal environment and reject land reclamation!

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