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Our global estimates of the impact to date of human activities on local biodiversity (which were featured last year in New Scientist) were recently included in a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report 'Towards a global map of natural capital: key ecosystem assets' (the full report can be accessed for free). This report aimed to compile the best available global data on the state of several components of ecosystems that are known to be important to humans: water, soil, carbon and biodiversity. The PREDICTS map was used to estimate the effect of human activities on terrestrial biodiversity. This is the first major policy output in which PREDICTS has played a role, and we hope that we can provide input into similar processes in the future.