The ravages of guns, nets and bulldozers

Maxwell SL, Fuller RA, Brooks TM & Watson JEM (2016) The ravages of guns, nets and bulldozers. Nature, 536, 143-145.

There is a growing tendency for media reports about threats to biodiversity to focus on climate change. Here we report an analysis of threat information gathered for more than 8,000 species. These data revealed a contrasting picture. We found that by far the biggest drivers of biodiversity decline are overexploitation (the harvesting of species from the wild at rates that cannot be compensated for by reproduction or regrowth) and agriculture (the production of food, fodder, fibre and fuel crops; livestock farming; aquaculture; and the cultivation of trees).

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