BBC News - World
As nearly 150 global leaders lined up - virtually - to address Wednesday's UN biodiversity summit, the stakes could not have been higher.
"The house is on fire and we are all locked in, because of a disease that came from our mismanagement of nature."
This was how Inger Anderson, head of the UN Environment Programme, put it in a briefing the day before the event.
"I think there is a realisation that if we don't take care of nature, we could end up in dire straits," she added.
With the world grappling with the public health, social and economic...