Earth has lost 60 per cent of its animals since 1970



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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

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6 Responses

  1. Chupa Cabras says:

    Wow…

  2. Na No says:

    Ultimately, they found that from 1970 to 2014, the size of vertebrate populations has declined by 60 percent on average. That is absolutely not the same as saying that humans have culled 60 percent of animals
    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/10/have-we-really-killed-60-percent-animals-1970/574549/

  3. sputnik says:

    "We can do it?" Really? Please go on.

  4. holdmybeer says:

    well that's an eye opener. at least we are able to manipulate genomes.

  5. Damnit Bobby says:

    fake and reported as spam

  6. nested bird says:

    Capitalism. We need technological gramin jeevan. That is minimal consumption , selective production and vernacular architecture

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