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A newly issued report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) contains much sobering information. The extinction rates for species are accelerating (although only a few amphibians have gone extinct as yet, more than 40% are at some risk of extinction). We have long known that current climate change is seriously impacting natural populations and ecosystems but the global response is wholly insufficient. The report, the most comprehensive assessment ever attempted, finds that a million species are threatened with extinction. It is not too late to make a difference, but only if we start transformational change immediately. Opposition is to be expected from those with entrenched interests. The global safety net has been stretched nearly beyond recovery. The reasons for the crises are the direct result of human activity. The main culprits, in order of importance are: 1) changes in land and sea use; 2) direct exploitation of organisms; 3) climate change; 4) pollution and 5) invasive alien species. As never before the need is for individuals to think globally but act locally. This impressive report has caught the attention of leaders in Washington, DC, and should serve as a rallying cry and guide to future action.

Current number of amphibian species: 8,013 (May 23, 2019) Newly added species