Wildlife Populations Have Shrunk by 60 Percent Since 1970

The Cerrado a vast tropical savanna ecoregion of Brazil is being cleared for soy monoculture

The Cerrado a vast tropical savanna ecoregion of Brazil is being cleared for soy monoculture Credit Adriano Gambarni PA

The 2018 edition said only a quarter of the world's land area is now free from the impact of human activity and the proportion will have fallen to just a 10th by 2050. "We may be the last that can take action to reverse this trend". It also says that nearly 301 mammal species are at the risk of getting extinct due to being hunted for food.

Vox presents a caution note after viewing this data, explaining that a 60 percent decrease in the vertebrate wildlife does not mean a 60 percent loss of animal species.

Global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles have declined on average by 60% over the last 45 years.

Wildlife and the ecosystems are vital to human life, said Prof Bob Watson, one of the world's most eminent environmental scientists and now chair of an intergovernmental panel on biodiversity that said in March that the destruction of nature is as unsafe as climate change.

The 14th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held in Egypt in November and will be, according to WWF, a "key" moment to lay the foundations of a global agreement for nature, "as was done for the climate in Paris in 2015", the report said.

Intensified agriculture has threatened the abundance of pollinators, which has over 20,000 species of bees including other insects and animals, the report said.

The results are even more severe in South and Central America, and the Caribbean, where populations have dropped an astounding 89 per cent. The index says half of the species in Canada saw a decline, and of those populations that fell, the dip was by 83 per cent. At the same time, we are shoving many species, plant, and animal, to extinction.

The Living Planet Report emphasizes that biodiversity is "not just "nice to have" but also essential for human survival and well-being.

Cape Town -The way we feed, fuel and finance our societies and economies is pushing nature, according to the World Wildlife Fund's latest Living Planet Report. "Science is showing us the harsh reality our forests, oceans and rivers are enduring at our hands". "Wildlife around the world continue to dwindle".

"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".

"With the upcoming European Union elections and the resulting renewal of key decision-making bodies, Europe has the opportunity to revive its global leadership on climate change and nature conservation", Asin said.

The recent Living Planet Report involved 59 scientists from around the world, and these experts found that the growing consumption of food and resources by Earth's population is destroying the web of life, on which humans depend for clean air and water.

"Europe must lead by example by adopting an ambitious post-2020 European Union biodiversity strategy, and integrating biodiversity and climate protection into all relevant sectoral policies", she said.

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