Habitat destruction, trade in animal parts and climate change are all to blame for the loss of biodiversity around the world.
It is problematic when local plants and animals become extinct, as they fulfil important ecological functions for the ecosystem. DW's latest content concerning biodiversity is collated below.
The US state of Louisiana has funded a program to slaughter nutria, or swamp rats, laying waste to the coastline. The animals eat the roots of swamp vegetation to the point they have no chance of growing back.
In India, fishermen's wives are successfully challenging age-old traditions of patriarchy and gender stereotypes. Instead of waiting for their husbands to bring home fish, they've taken the oars into their own hands. They've become tourist guides and mangrove experts, earning their own living while helping to save the biodiversity of their environment.
An alarming amount of children suffer from depression and anxiety. One principle reason is that kids often can’t communicate what’s going on inside - and parents and teachers just don’t pick up on it. Maybe artificial intelligence can. We hear from two researchers in Vermont who are convinced of that. Also on Spectrum, a look at how our destruction of the planet can come back to haunt us.
The first global biodiversity assessment in 14 years is to be discussed next week. "The loss of species, ecosystems and genetic diversity is already a global and generational threat to human well-being," scientists say.