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Luke O'Neill: 'Wake up and smell the coffee or it will be gone'

It's no exaggeration to predict the end is nigh unless the world starts to change its environmentally wicked ways, writes Luke O'Neill

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Devastation: 70pc of the Earth's forests have been destroyed since the time of the industrial revolution, and there is now half the number of fish in its oceans

Devastation: 70pc of the Earth's forests have been destroyed since the time of the industrial revolution, and there is now half the number of fish in its oceans

Devastation: 70pc of the Earth's forests have been destroyed since the time of the industrial revolution, and there is now half the number of fish in its oceans

You've probably seen people in big cities shouting 'Repent! The end is nigh!' And you've probably ignored them as crazy people. Well, guess what. No less a body than the United Nations is worried that stark prophecies of life on Earth ending may actually come true.

The UN has just issued a report that doesn't beat about the bush. We are now in the middle of a great extinction event and what makes it especially disturbing is we ourselves are causing it.


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