Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

WWF report reveals a 60% decline in wildlife populations since 1970

WWF report reveals a 60% decline in wildlife populations since 1970

This and other findings have been published by the World Wildlife Fund in its Living Planet Report 2018, a stinging reminder of the declining health of the planet.

Every two years the Living Planet Report is collected for the WWF with indicators from the Zoological Society of London, and tracks nearly 17,000 populations of 4,000 vertebrate species to establish "trends in global biodiversity and the health of the planet". Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International, said that the fundamental issue is consumption, and we can not ignore the impact of wasteful lifestyles.

A startling report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has shown that Earth's wildlife population declined by almost two-thirds over the course of just over four decades.

"Exploding human consumption" has caused a massive drop in global wildlife populations in recent decades, the WWF conservation group says. "We're degrading habitats, overfishing, overhunting and continuing unsustainable agricultural practices on a large scale". It remains us we need to change course.

The pace of population increase - long taboo in development and conservation circles - also took off around 1950, the date scientists have chosen as the "gold spike", or starting point, for a new geological period dubbed the Anthropocene, or "age of man". "We may also be the last that can act to reverse this trend, from now until 2020 will be decisive moment in history", the report stated. Barrett also said that this decimation is jeopardizing the future of humanity.

The "Living Planet Report" for 2018 focuses on using the latest tracking and big-data surveillance of the natural world to come to a bleak conclusion: it's not just endangered and extinct species, which account for a massive loss of biomass.

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Conservationists have issued a demand for urgent global action after a major report uncovered an unprecedented crisis in nature that threatens to devastate the world economy and imperil humanity itself.

The report shows India's ecological footprint per person is less than 1.75 global hectares per person, the lowest among countries and much smaller than some countries in Europe or North America with values higher than 7 global hectares per person. Only one-quarter of the land on Earth is substantially free from human activity - and that percentage is expected to decline.

"We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it".

While climate change is a growing threat, the report said the overexploitation of species for consumption, agriculture, and activities such as land conversion and habitat loss were the top threats to biodiversity.

"Decision makers at every level need to make the right political, financial and consumer choices to achieve the vision that humanity and nature thrive in harmony on our only planet, the report said".

"When you lose biodiversity and world becomes biologically and aesthetically a poorer place", Keith Somerville, a professor in human-wildlife conflict at Kent University, told NBC News. Geographically, South and Central America have been hit hardest, with 89 percent less wildlife in 2014 than in 1970. The main problem for biodiversity climate change.

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