This year the UK government will release only seven of England’s 24 environmental indicators.

Ecologists accused UK government or “cowardice” for his decision to publish less than a third of the indicators he uses to track the health of nature in England this year.

Close monitoring of biodiversity indicators is an important part of monitoring and managing threats such as changing of the climate.

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (Defra) has previously said it will suspend reporting on all biodiversity indicators in 2022 to bring them in line with UN targets.

However, under pressure from environmentalists, the company announced that it would publish seven of the 24 indicators for England for 2022, excluding water quality, habitat and bird populations.

Defra added that this year’s full estimate will be published in 2023 and the delay is not expected to result in any loss of data.

However, activists argue that the announcement, made ahead of the UN Biodiversity Summit in December, is a shameless attempt to “bury the evidence” that it is failing to address wildlife loss.

“It is inappropriate and irresponsible to try to hide the magnitude of the problem we are facing,” Elliot Chapman Jones, head of communications at The Wildlife Trusts, told MailOnline.

For 2022, only seven of England’s 24 indicators will be published, with the exception of indicators for water quality, habitat and bird populations. The picture shows the rudd, one of the most endangered bird species in the United Kingdom.

The quiet announcement of the reduced list of biodiversity data came after the government said it would temporarily suspend the release of any 2022 figures.  Pictured: Lake Windermere pollution, Lake District.

The quiet announcement of the reduced list of biodiversity data came after the government said it would temporarily suspend the release of any 2022 figures. Pictured: Lake Windermere pollution, Lake District.

WHAT IS BIODIVERSITY?

Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth.

It covers diversity, the number of plant and animal species, the genetic diversity within and between those species, and the different biomes and ecosystems of which they are part.

It provides us with food directly or through pollination, medical discoveries and ecosystem services.

The latter includes everything from purifying water and absorbing chemicals that wetlands do to providing us with oxygen to breathe.

The Earth’s biodiversity is declining due to actions such as deforestation, land use change, agricultural intensification, overconsumption of natural resources, pollution and climate change.

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced the decision to publish the data in footnote on last year’s biodiversity strategy and indicator assessment.

Last year, New scientist announced that the government will temporarily stop publishing any of its biodiversity data for 2022.

Now Defra appears to have backed off and decided to release a reduced set of metrics this year instead.

These include impacts on global biodiversity, air pollution, protected areas, priority species status (relative abundance), butterflies, pollinating insects, and biodiversity costs.

According to Defra, they “were selected based on data availability, user needs, and timeliness.”

However, they do not include European Importance Habitat Threatened Status, Forest Species, Pollution (Air and Marine) and Forest Removal of Greenhouse Gases, among 13 others.

This was stated by Richard Benwell of the Wildlife and Countryside Link coalition. ENDS report: “This year’s limited set of indicators can’t hide the story behind the numbers.

“Instead of making rapid progress in species and habitat restoration, we are finding that places and species continue to decline.”

Mr Chapman Jones of the Wildlife Foundation added: “Our natural world is in dire straits, with 15% of species threatened with extinction forever.

“The UK government needs to present the full picture of how species live, not choose numbers to help tell the best PR story.

“Our future on earth depends on the health of our natural world.”

Becky Speight, chief executive of the RSPB, told MailOnline: “It is a strange and deeply disturbing decision, in the midst of a climate and nature emergency, not to publish progress on most of this year’s environmental targets for England.

“These goals are really important because they show how the government is actually working on the ground to make progress towards the desired goals it has set for restoring our natural world within a generation.

“In just a few months, the UK hopes to play a leading role in the global nature conference COP 15.

“How can we galvanize others into action if we are not transparent and measure our own progress towards the wilderness and wilderness that people love so much at home?”

This was told by naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham. New scientist: “Picking cherries is just cowardice.

“Saying that they need a pause in a time of absolute crisis is like saying that we will stop the fire brigade in the middle of the Blitz so we can get together and think about what we are doing.

“This is ridiculous. I think it’s mostly because the news that’s coming out is bad.”

This was stated by conservationist Mark Avery, co-founder of the non-profit organization Wild Justice. New scientist: “Defra can’t handle the loss of wildlife, so she decided to hide the evidence.

“This is a department without shame.”

Defra said in a statement that the decision to delay the publication of biodiversity indicators will not result in any missing data.

Data that would have been released this year will be available in 2023.

The Joint Committee for Conservation of Nature (JNCC) says the revision of the indicators should “take into account the new global biodiversity framework 2030 being negotiated under the Convention on Biological Diversity.”

The next UN Biodiversity Summit, which brings together the parties to the Convention, will be held in Montreal, Canada in December.

This should discuss the Global Biodiversity Framework and set a set of targets to halt biodiversity loss worldwide by 2030.

The first part of the landmark meetings took place virtually in Kunming, China last October and was postponed due to the pandemic.

He is meant to be the successor strategic plan for biodiversity 2011-2020, which sets out the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

The UN Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 report, published in 2020, showed that the world failed to complete any of the save targets.

A new study shows that climate change will endanger nearly one in three species of all species by the year 2100.

A new study warns that climate change is exacerbating the global extinction crisis.

A research team led by the University of Minnesota has found that by 2100, almost one in three – 30 percent – of all species will be extinct or endangered.

This is mainly due to the loss of biodiversity as a result of production and consumption, population and climate change.

Most species include plants and insects, as well as other invertebrates, which play a key role in purifying the air, filtering water, and keeping the Earth’s soil healthy.

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A new study warns that climate change is exacerbating the global extinction crisis.  A research team led by the University of Minnesota found that by 2100, nearly one in three - 30 percent - of all species will be extinct or endangered.

A new study warns that climate change is exacerbating the global extinction crisis. A research team led by the University of Minnesota found that by 2100, nearly one in three – 30 percent – of all species will be extinct or endangered.