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We’ve had an apocalyptic warning: now will we care about biodiversity?

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For a global hazard to really get respect these days it has to threaten Armageddon. Climate change, for example, is the stuff of apocalyptic movies: it is about flooding, fire, and famine.

The loss of biodiversity, on the other hand – the shrinking spread of species on the planet – ranks further down the scale. This is about dying bumblebees in Poland, or fewer species of fish in the Red Sea, or red squirrels being kicked out by grey ones. It is not the stuff of films starring Dennis Quaid as a divorced scientist who was right all along, and tends to reach headlines as a worry mostly for the bees and squirrels involved (with perhaps a line or two from experts about the knock-on effects). It does not seem to threaten the rest of us.

That perspective is changing. The first UN........

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