60% of wildlife wiped out — WWF

Michele Stevens
November 2, 2018

The Living Planet Report highlights the opportunity the global community has to protect and restore nature leading up to 2020, a critical year when leaders are expected to review the progress made on the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The Living Planet Report announces that the total numbers of more than 4,000 mammal, bird, fish, reptile and amphibian species declined rapidly between 1970 and 2014 and that current rates of species extinction are now 1,000 times higher than before human involvement in animal ecosystems became a factor.

No one can argue that humans aren't the dominant species - for better or worse.

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

The Living Planet Report by World Wildlife Fund is a biannual report and the 2018 copy mapped serious threats to pollinators like bees, soil ecology and wetlands which have direct repercussions on human food security and health.

Total Ecological Footprint is a function of both total population and rates of consumption. The U.N. warned climate change poses "an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet" that will "require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society". WWF is collaborating with a consortium of nearly 40 universities and organisations to launch a research initiative that will explore the critical work of putting together the best ways to save the planet.

The declines are especially pronounced in the tropics, with South and Central America suffering an 89 percent loss compared with 1970, said the "Living Planet Report".

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.

Insects and plants were not included in the report.

Human population is at 7.6 billion and will increase to 10 billion by 2050 and about 12 billion by 2100. The startling results showed that their populations fell on average by 60pc between 1970 and 2014; four years ago, a similar study returned a result of 52pc.

We are in the midst of a scary phenomenon right now being called "the Great Acceleration".

Parts from those animals classified as "antiques" could be used in cultural exchanges if approved by the cultural authorities, the statement added.

Only 25% of land on Earth is substantively free of the impacts of human activities. The 1950s marks an explosion in growth.

TV presenter and WWF-UK ambassador Ben Fogle said: 'I don't want my children growing up to learn about tigers, rhinos and even hedgehogs through history books and museums. Some of these changes have been positive, some negative, and all of them are interconnected. That "grim" assessment comes from the latest report by the WWF's Living Planet Index, which has tracked almost 17,000 populations of terrestrial and aquatic vertebrates for more than four decades.

"Nature systems essential to our survival-forests, oceans and rivers-remain in decline", said Carter Roberts, the president and CEO of the WWF in the US.

What is increasingly clear is that human development and wellbeing are reliant on healthy natural systems, and we can not continue to enjoy the former without the latter.

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