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Empty promises in species protection

Visitors at an exhibition for the COP15 World Conference on Nature in Kunming, Yunnan Province, last October.

An estimated eight million animal and plant species are left on earth, ten percent of which are found in China. Whether it’s the (red) panda, snow leopards, or alligators: The habitats of many species have become smaller and smaller due to human expansion and habitat destruction. The expansion of agricultural land, the sealing of surfaces, and deforestation are central factors for the displacement of animals from their habitats, and more and more plant species are disappearing. According to the World Biodiversity Council (IPBES), around one million animal and plant species are acutely threatened with extinction.

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