Metas medioambientales: no se cumplieron

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Environmental protection targets missed

A major study has confirmed that the world's governments will not meet their internationally-agreed target of reducing the global loss of species and nature by 2010.

Reporter: Richard Black

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This study confirms what people in the conservation movement have known for several years; the 2010 target of significantly curbing the rate of biodiversity loss is not going to be met.

The researchers surveyed more than 30 trends covering wildlife on land and at sea. Virtually all of them show increasing degradation, with the evidence especially strong since the 1970s.

The reasons are straightforward; an ever-increasing number of people on the planet and rising affluence, leading to increased demand for food and timber and water and energy. As the human footprint expands, nature is squeezed to the margins.

Governments set the 2010 target eight years ago; the researchers describe actions taken since then in order to meet it as "woefully inadequate".

Richard Black, BBC Environment Correspondent

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the conservation movement grupos y organizaciones que trabajan para proteger el medio ambiente

significantly curbing reducir en forma significativa

the rate of biodiversity lossel ritmo de pérdida de la biodiversidad

trendstendencias

increasing degradation creciente degradación

straighforward sencillas

rising affluencela creciente prosperidad

timbermadera

the human footprintel impacto humano (literalmente la huella humana)

woefully inadequatetotalmente insuficientes