Life on Earth is in decline, with more species threatened with extinction than at any time in history.

That’s part of the findings of a UN agency responsible for assessing the state of our planet.

Almost 500 experts worked together for three years.

Destruction of natural habitats, the falling of trees, climate change, pollution and plunder of the land and sea - are all singled out as major drivers of the decline.

Around a million plant and animal species face extinction, many within decades, if we do not act.

The report's authors believe the decline can be slowed, and in some cases, even stopped. But it'll need a global commitment to make that change.

Is that commitment even achievable?

Presenter: Imran Khan

Guests

Christoph Thies - Campaigner for Greenpeace Germany and an ecological chemistry scientist.

John Wiens - Professor at the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona.

Brett Sheffers - Assistant professor at the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida

Source: Al Jazeera News