Global wildlife populations dropped 60 per cent in last 40 years: WWF

Global wildlife populations dropped 60 per cent in last 40 years: WWF

Only one-quarter of the land on Earth is substantially free from human activity - and that percentage is expected to decline.

The report concludes that, in order to reverse current trends in biodiversity loss, society needs to "aim higher".

Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world's foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an emergency that threatens civilisation.

Global populations of vertebrate species have declined 60 per cent since 1970 with koalas disappearing at a much faster rate - more than 20 per cent a decade, to the extent they could disappear from the wild in NSW by 2050.

". Science has never been clearer about the consequences of our impact", Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International said his statement that accompanied the report. The report lists "loss of above ground diversity, pollution and nutrient overloading, intensive agriculture, fire, soil erosion, desertification and climate change" as some of the risk indicators. Two previous reports, in 2014 and 2016, found wildlife population declines of 50 percent and 58 percent, respectively, since 1970. Methods of destruction The report outlines the various ways in which human activities have led to losses in animal populations.

Marine and freshwater ecosystems are also facing huge pressures.




In the years since man first walked on the moon, his footprint back on back on earth has polluted three-quarters of the planet, and caused the wildlife population to plummet by a catastrophic 60 per cent, an worldwide report warns today. In Central and South America, populations declined overall by 89 percent, while in South Asia and Oceania, populations declined by 64 percent. But another major source of the loss is in the 83 percent plummet of freshwater species, according to their analysis.

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

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

Species which live in fresh water habitats, such as frogs and river fish, have seen global population falls of 83pc, according to the living planet index by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), which tracks the abundance of wildlife.

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. "The urban air pollution in Pakistan is among the world's most severe, significantly damaging human health, quality of life, economy and the environment", he said. "Pakistan is experiencing a steady rise in carbon emissions, which contributes to global issues such as climate change and global warming", he said.

"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.

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