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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Tree plantation in South Africa This is a green desert, not a forest. (© Rettet den Regenwald/Mathias Rittgerott)

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Stop genetically engineered trees!

ArborGen, a U.S.-based biotech lab, is seeking USDA approval for its freeze-resistant GE eucalyptus. If the company is successful, GE trees would open the planet’s temperate zones to the same practices that are devastating the rainforests — replacing natural forests with plantations that, by design, eliminate biodiversity.

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To: the President of the United States Donald J. Trump, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Genetically modified eucalyptus trees pose a threat to the environment, the climate and humans. They must not be approved in the United States or anywhere else.

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