On the heels of an Earth Day that featured calls for radical action to address the current \u0022age of environmental breakdown,\u0022 Agence France-Presse revealed Tuesday that up to a million species face possible extinction because of destructive human behavior.The warning comes from a forthcoming United Nations report, a draft of which was obtained by AFP, that \u0022painstakingly catalogues how humanity has undermined the natural resources upon which its very survival depends.\u0022Yesterday was #EarthDay Today @AFP brings you news of the coming mass extinction event we are causing through insatiable over-consumption, pollution and habitat destruction https://t.co/W4hUBv9R9B— Patrick Galey (@patrickgaley) April 23, 2019A product of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the landmark three-year assessment was prepared by 150 experts from 50 countries, with additions from another 250 contributors.As John Vidal wrote in a preview of the study for HuffPost last month, \u0022It is the greatest attempt yet to assess the state of life on Earth and will show how tens of thousands of species are at high risk of extinction, how countries are using nature at a rate that far exceeds its ability to renew itself, and how nature\u0026#039;s ability to contribute food and fresh water to a growing human population is being compromised in every region on Earth.\u0022Outlining some of the experts\u0026#039; key findings, AFP reported Tuesday:The accelerating loss of clean air, drinkable water, CO2-absorbing forests, pollinating insects, protein-rich fish, and storm-blocking mangroves—to name but a few of the dwindling services rendered by nature—poses no less of a threat than climate change...The direct causes of species loss, in order of importance, are shrinking habitat and land-use change, hunting for food or illicit trade in body parts, climate change, pollution, and alien species such as rats, mosquitoes, and snakes that hitch rides on ships or planes, the report finds.Although IPBES chair Robert Watson declined to divulge the new report\u0026#039;s details to AFP, he said that \u0022there are also two big indirect drivers of biodiversity loss and climate change—the number of people in the world and their growing ability to consume.\u0022\u0022Protecting the invaluable contributions of nature to people will be the defining challenge of decades to come. Policies, efforts, and actions—at every level—will only succeed, however, when based on the best knowledge and evidence.\u0022—Robert Watson, IPBES chair\u0022We need to recognize that climate change and loss of nature are equally important, not just for the environment, but as development and economic issues as well,\u0022 Watson added. \u0022The way we produce our food and energy is undermining the regulating services that we get from nature.\u0022As AFP reported, the draft document warns that \u0022subsidies to fisheries, industrial agriculture, livestock raising, forestry, mining and the production of biofuel, or fossil fuel energy encourage waste, inefficiency, and over-consumption.\u0022Unsustainable human activity, according to the document, already has \u0022severely altered\u0022 40 percent of the marine environment, 50 percent of inland waterways, and three-quarters of the planet\u0026#039;s land.Looking ahead, the report says that \u0022half-a-million to a million species are projected to be threatened with extinction, many within decades.\u0022 It also warns that indigenous peoples and poor communities—who are already at risk because of the global climate crisis—will be negatively impacted by biodiversity loss.\u0022The loss of species, ecosystems, and genetic diversity is already a global and generational threat to human well-being,\u0022 Watson said in a statement from IPBES. \u0022Protecting the invaluable contributions of nature to people will be the defining challenge of decades to come. Policies, efforts, and actions—at every level—will only succeed, however, when based on the best knowledge and evidence. This is what the IPBES Global Assessment provides.\u0022Some of the language may change in the report—which echoes previous warnings about mass extinction—during the upcoming seventh session of the IPBES Plenary, scheduled for April 29 to May 4. However, the major figures and conclusions are expected to remain the same. The final document is due out May 6.