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According to a report from the Natural History Museum, Britain has just 53 percent of its biodiversity left.

This places the UK in the bottom 10 percent of nations and last among members of the G7.

In comparison, the global average is significantly higher at 75 percent.

Despite the world’s higher average, experts argue both figures fall well short of the 90 percent “safe limit” needed to prevent the world from tipping into an “ecological recession”.

An ecological recession could lead to crop failure and infestations that would subsequently cause shortages in food, energy and materials.

The Natural History Museum’s Dr Adriana De Palma said: “Much of the world has lost a large amount of natural biodiversity.

“Those systems have lost enough biodiversity to mean we have to be careful about relying on them functioning in the way we need them to.”

Part of the reason the nature-depletion rate in Britain is so high is because of the consequences of the industrial revolution.

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“That mechanised the destruction of nature to an extent, converting it into goods for profits,” said Professor Andy Purvis.

Professor Purvis also claimed he did not want the UK to rely on “offshoring biodiversity damage to other places”.

The Natural History Museum instead hopes its research will help influence world leaders when they meet at the UN’s Biodiversity Conference in China later today.

The event, known as COP15, will take place online between October 11 and 15.

A second meeting will be held next spring in Kunming, a city in China’s Yunnan province.

Professor Purvis said of COP15: “This is our last best chance for a sustainable future.

“Stopping further damage to the planet requires big change, but we can do it if we act now, together.

“Muddling through as we currently are doing is nowhere near enough to halt, let alone reverse, the ongoing worldwide decline in biodiversity.”

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Negotiators put forward recommendations for protecting the world’s wildlife in 2010 when they met in Aichi, Japan.

None of the targets established to stop the destruction of nature have since been met.

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