The Earth is currently facing an extinction crisis.
Destruction of habitat, unlimited hunting, industrial agriculture - humans are driving numerous species extinct. Browse an automatic compilation of content on the topic below.
This week we hear stories about different species in the animal kingdom: nutria, pangolins, the golden lancehead pit viper. According to the United Nations, one million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction, many within the coming decades. But as famed primatologist and conservation advocate Jane Goodall explains, animals aren't so different from us humans.
Worldwide, 7000 species suffer from wildlife trafficking. One species threatened with extinction is the pangolin — a shy, nocturnal creature found in Africa and parts of Asia. Resembling an armored anteater, pangolins are ruthlessly hunted for their scales, which are highly sought after in countries like China and Vietnam.
Japan is currently the object of criticism for its decision to leave the International Whaling Commission and resume commercial whaling. At the same time, the whale watching business is beginning to gain traction around the island of Hokkaido.
A leaked document from 'Extinction Rebellion' has revealed possible plans to shut down London Heathrow Airport using drone technology, if the UK Government doesn't roll back plans for airport expansion. The climate protest group has always prided itself on being a non-violent, peaceful movement. Jack Foster has this report.