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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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Tell China that rhino horn isn't medicine!

China is lifting the ban on rhino horn and tiger bone: the government wants to permit their use in traditional Chinese medicine, even though they have no therapeutic value whatsoever. With a legal market, China is creating a huge opening for poached animal parts. This move could be a death sentence for the last rhinos.

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To: The government of the People’s Republic of China

China must maintain its ban on trade in rhino horn and tiger bone to prevent the extinction of these endangered species.

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