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With unprecedented threats to nature at hand, how to turn the tide

May 17, 2019
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Dan Garofolo, Director of Penn Sustainability, was recently interviewed by Penn Today about a newly published UN report predicting imminent extinction for one million of the world's plant and animal species. To understand the implications of the report from the UN's Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Penn Today reached out to experts in different fields across the University.  Dan remarked: "For me, the key takeaways are right at the top: ‘Human actions threaten more species with global extinction now than ever before’ and ‘Globally, local varieties and breeds of domesticated plants and animals are disappearing.' This loss of diversity, including genetic diversity, poses a serious risk to global food security by undermining the resilience of many agricultural systems to threats such as pests, pathogens, and climate change."

Read the rest of the interview with Dan and other experts from Penn at Penn Today

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