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One million animal and plant species have been pushed to the brink of extinction by human activity: UN report

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Humans are destroying the rest of the natural world at an unprecedented rate, according to an alarming new report.

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services published a global assessment Monday that shows one million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction by human activity, reported BBC.

“We have documented a really unprecedented decline in biodiversity and nature, this is completely different than anything we’ve seen in human history in terms of the rate of decline and the scale of the threat,” said Dr. Kate Brauman, a University of Minnesota scientist who helped lead the writing of the report’s assessment.

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Humans have harmed the earth throughout history, but that damage has rapidly worsened in the past 50 years, which saw the world’s population double, international trade increase by 10 times over and the global economy expand by four-fold.

That growth has led to the clearing of nearly 250 million acres of tropical forest, mostly from cattle ranching in South America and palm oil plantations in Southeast Asia, between 1980 and 2000.

Only about 13 percent of wetlands that existed in 1700 remain today, and only about 3 percent of the world’s oceans are free from human pressure.

About 25 percent of all animals and plant species are threatened by human activity, and around a million species could face extinction within decades.

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SNL imagines Alan Dershowitz and Mitt Romney in hell during impeachment trial sketch

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live"

The skit began with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) meeting with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about impeachment.

They were then joined by Alan Dershowitz, who spoke of his previous clients, Jeff Epstein, O.J. Simpson and Claus von Bülow.

But Dershowitz suffered a heart attack and met the devil in hell, where he was reunited with Epstein.

McConnell then showed up and thanked the devil for teaching him "that thing with Merrick Garland."

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CNN’s Don Lemon collapses on his desk in laugher as guests Rick Wilson and Wajahat Ali dunk on Trump

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CNN anchor Don Lemon was infected with a case of the giggles Saturday night while discussing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Lemon was joined by two hilarious guests, New York Times contributing op-ed writer Wajahat Ali and Rick Wilson, the author of the bestselling 2018 book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever and the new book Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America from Trump -- and Democrats from Themselves.

The three were discussing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s interview with “All Things Considered” host Mary Louise Kelly, where he reportedly demanded she point to Ukraine on a blank map.

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Amy Klobuchar wins endorsement in first in the nation primary from the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) received a big endorsement on Saturday evening when her 2020 bid was endorsed by the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper.

"If there is to be any realistic challenge to Trump in November, the Democratic nominee needs to have a proven and substantial record of accomplishment across party lines, an ability to unite rather than divide, and the strength and stamina to go toe-to-toe with the Tweeter-in-Chief," the newspaper wrote. "That would be U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. She is sharp and witty, with a commanding understanding of both history and the inner workings of Capitol Hill."

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