China faces mammoth task to steer the world towards a biodiversity pact

China is in the driver's seat, a golden opportunity to demonstrate global leadership over a crucial environmental issue. PHOTO: AFP
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BEIJING - The clock is ticking. The world has until next April to come up with a plan to reverse biodiversity loss, perhaps the last chance to do so.

Nature is in peril as human actions lead to ever greater loss of biodiversity. Beyond a certain point, experts say, it will result in ecological collapse, triggering shortages of food, energy and materials.

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