Seth Bornstein

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The United Nations released a biodiversity report today that says one million species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction soon.

United Nations predicts dire future for biodiversity

The United Nations released a biodiversity report today that says one million species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction soon.

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