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The 2019 United Nations report on biodiversity has concluded that a decline in nature is caused by, and threatening, humanity.  The report states that climate change, overfishing and pollution are putting a million species at risk, with some animal populations dropping dramatically.

Biodiversity loss has impacted Ireland in many ways including 120 species documented as being extinct since the arrival of people, whole ecosystems having practically vanished, our seas have been emptied due to overfishing and bottom trawling and nature vanishing from our hills, rivers and farmland due to pesticide use, wild fires, land drainage and pollution among other things.

Padraic Fogarty from the Irish Wildlife Trust talks to Judy Williams from the DSFM Newsroom about their call on the government to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency following the publication of the report.

      Padraic Fogarty