A UN report found that nature is in big trouble. Now what?

Millions of Earth's plants and animals are facing extinction. According to a report by the UN's environmental group the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services , it could be the largest ecosystem crisis in human history.

In their report on Monday, the IBPES highlighted that our current global response has been minimal. They also urged global leaders to set aside differences for public good. Later this year, the environmental group will release a full study detailing the potential havoc of this species extinction.

Guest host Tiffany Hanssen spoke with Rebecca Shaw, chief scientist and senior vice president of the World Wildlife Fund, about the UN report and what steps must be taken to restore and protect nature.

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

Correction (May 8, 2019): The headline on this story has been corrected to reflect that an estimated 1 million species are threatened with extinction.

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