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Health check turns spotlight on ailing planet

Humans taking far more from nature than can be replaced; economies driving destruction: Studies

It turns out nature is a lot more valuable than many people realise. With about half of humanity living in concrete jungles, it is easy to forget how much we rely on the green jungle.

Last week, a series of landmark reports showed just how much nature is under threat, how much humans are to blame, and the risks we all face from the decline of plant and animal life on the planet. But the reports also show what is, and can be, done to protect nature and its benefits, which underpin our economies and way of life.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 27, 2018, with the headline 'Health check turns spotlight on ailing planet'. Subscribe