Earth has lost 60 per cent of its animals since 1970
Is the world losing its biodiversity faster than it can replace?
A new report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has some ominous news. The 2018 edition of the Living Planet Report says that the Earth has lost 60% of its mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles since 1970. This report has been prepared by a consortium of 50 scientists and scientific institutions.
It says that South American continent is the worst hit as it has lost 89% of its vertebrates. Species found in fresh waters have also declined at an alarming 83%. 75% of all plant and animal extinctions since 1500 AD happened due to overexploitation or agricultural activity or both. Human consumption of natural resources is also up by 190% in the last 50 years. How do we tackle this? The report says: “Creating a more sustainable system will require major changes in production, supply and consumption activities. For this, we need a detailed understanding of how these complex components link together, and the actors involved, from source to shelf, wherever they may be on the planet.”
Access the whole report here: https://c402277.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/publications/1187/files/original/LPR2018_Full_Report_Spreads.pdf