The U.N. Reports That 1 Million Species Could Go Extinct. It Shows How Hard It Will Be to Heal the Planet
There’s an awful lot of awful in the just-released summary of a new U.N. report on biodiversity and ecosystem. There’s the tenfold increase in plastic pollution since 1980, for example. There’s the 400 million tons of heavy metals, toxic sludge and fertilizer runoff poured into the world’s water each year too. There’s the doubling of greenhouse gas emissions since 1980; the growth of industrial fishing, now sprawling across 55% of the world’s oceans, the 85% loss of the wetlands since the dawn of the industrial era, and the 70% increase in invasive species in 21 countries.
联合国刚刚发布了一份关于生物多样性和生态系统的新报告，其摘要内容糟糕透顶。例如，自1980年以来，塑料污染增加了10倍。每年还有4亿吨重金属、有毒污泥和化肥流入世界水体。自1980年以来，温室气体排放量翻了一番;工业化捕鱼的增长，现在已经蔓延到世界55% 的海洋;自工业时代开始以来，湿地减少了85% ;21个国家的入侵物种增长了70% 。
And then, finally, and perhaps most worrying are the extinctions. According to the conclusions of the 455 experts and contributing authors from 50 countries who drafted the report for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), up to 1 million species of plants and animals are now threatened with extinction, some within decades, including 40% of all amphibians, 33% of marine mammals, and another 33% of shark, shark relatives and reef-forming corals.
最后，也许最令人担忧的是物种的灭绝。根据为生物多样性和生态系统服务政府间科学政策平台(IPBES)起草报告的来自50个国家的455名专家和特约作者的结论，多达100万种动植物目前面临灭绝的威胁，其中一些在几十年内就会灭绝，其中包括40% 的所有两栖动物，33% 的海洋哺乳动物，以及另外33% 的鲨鱼、鲨鱼和造礁珊瑚。
Keith Raniere: Trial begins for Nxivm 'sex cult' leader
基思·拉尼埃: 对 Nxivm'性邪教'领袖的审判开始
A Brooklyn courtroom has heard opening statements at the sex trafficking and conspiracy trial of Keith Raniere, the leader of a suspected sex cult.
Speaking in court on Tuesday, Assistant US Attorney Tanya Hajjar called Mr Raniere a "predator" who exploited women, including a 15-year-old girl.
Prosecutors have alleged that Mr Raniere oversaw a "slave and master" system in his group, called Nxivm.
Mr Raniere, 58, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
If convicted, he could face life in prison.
Prosecutors to drop criminal case of breach of trust against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman
Federal prosecutors are expected to abandon their criminal prosecution of the military's former second-in-command, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, CBC News has confirmed.
The Public Prosecution Service of Canada plans to withdraw the single breach of trust charge that was laid last year against the former vice chief of the defence staff, but has yet to confirm the reasons why, sources said late Tuesday.
Norman, who was also the former commander of the navy, was accused of leaking cabinet secrets in relation to a $668-million shipbuilding deal to lease a supply vessel.
School shooting in Colorado kills one, wounds eight students, two suspects in custody
Two students opened fire Tuesday inside a charter school in an affluent suburban Denver community not far from Columbine High School, killing a teenager, wounding eight.
They were taken into custody with no injuries, authorities said.
The shooting comes nearly three weeks after neighboring Littleton marked the grim 20th anniversary of the Columbine school massacre that killed 13 people.
Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona (Agg: 4-3): Liverpool complete stunning comeback to reach Champions League final
Liverpool completed one of the greatest comebacks in football history, beating Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield and 4-3 on aggregate to reach the Champions League final.
Looking to become only the third team in the competition's history to come back from three goals down after the first leg of a semi-final, Liverpool took an early lead through Divock Origi's tap in (7) to give Anfield hope, before two goals in two second-half minutes brought them level.