• Sat. May 25th, 2024

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New report shows up to 1 million species are now at risk of extinction

According to the draft of the United Nation’s report set to be released this month, up to 1 million species are at risk of extinction due to global warming.

It’s hard to believe that there’s still a large percentage of the human population who believe that climate change is nothing more than a conspiracy theory.

Matters such as illegal poaching, overconsumption, fossil fuel emissions, and deforestation is having an irreversible impact on the planet, edging ecosystems toward a point of no return.

Nature is straining under the pressure, and scientists report that we’re already beginning to lose vital necessities such as clean air and pollinating insects.

The loss of species is over a hundred times higher than it has ever been in the last 10 million years, international news agency ‘Agence France-Presse’ reports. Of all the plant and animal species that have been discovered, a quarter of the figure is already threatened.

Newcastle City Council recognizes the hazardous ways in which we, as humanity, are treating our planet. A spokesman for the organisation said: “Climate change is already seriously affecting the weather in the North East.”

The council has five themes within its ‘Council Plan’, one of which is labelled ‘Environment’. They’re striving to, as a community, recognise climate change and act accordingly in order to achieve a clean, green, and safe Newcastle.

As we continue to disregard our planet’s increasing fragility, it’s feared that the coastline of the North East will be seriously impacted by coastal erosion, sea level rise, and‘extreme events’. This is the general consensus worldwide, with scientists insisting that animals and plants are struggling to adapt.

Polar bears and rhinos sit at the top of the ‘endangered species’ list, and many businesses in the North East have vowed to make a difference in light of this ongoing, devastating information.

Local roofing company Findley Roofing & Building are amongst those trying to actively make a difference within the region. In January 2019, the company invested in 6 state of the art Flir thermal imaging cameras to allow them to detect energy loss within homes, understanding that using less energy means saving precious natural resources and cutting down on pollution.

Most recently, they’ve been publically encouraging homeowners to opt for an ‘EPDM roof’ above all other materials, even writing a dedicated article which explores, in depth, the ways in which EDPM can help the environment and why we should all be moving towards it.

GrantFindley, Findley Roofing & Building’s Managing Director, said: “EPDM is environmentally friendly and, more importantly, recyclable, and can last up to 30 years. As a business and a team, we recognise that climate change is serious. We want to do our bit for the planet and just hope that other people will follow suit.”

The 1,800 paged United Nation’s report will see its official release on May 6th and is based on an underlying document that draws from 400 experts, with heavy influence from scientists.

To find out more about climate change in your area, simply visit your City Council website.

To find out more about Findley Roofing & Building, visit their website www.findleyroofing.co.uk