WWF: For 50 years, the population of Earth was reduced by 60%
02 November, 2018, 23:22 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
In Canada, mammal populations dropped by 43 per cent, amphibian and reptile populations dropped by 34 per cent, fish populations dropped by 20 per cent, and some types of birds have lost between 43 and 69 per cent of their populations.
"We are sleepwalking toward the edge of a cliff", said Mike Barrett, executive director of science and conservation at WWF. Between 1970 and 2014, populations have declined by an average of 60 percent. "That is the scale of what we have done". "There can not be a healthy, happy, and prosperous future for people on a planet with a destabilized climate, depleted oceans and rivers, degraded land, and empty forests, all stripped of biodiversity, the web of life that sustains us all".
To do this requires "a new global deal for nature and people that addresses the crucial questions of how to feed a growing global population, limit warming to 1.5C and restore nature", it says.
It's taken 44 years for humans to wipe out about 60 per cent of the planet's animal life. Four years ago, the decline was 52%. I want them to see our world's diverse and wonderful wildlife with their own eyes.
It urged quick action to avoid irreversible change to the planet, including a shift to green energy and environmentally friendly food production.
A senior ecologist who requested not to be named said habitat loss is bound to be associated with decline in biodiversity.
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The results are even more severe in South and Central America, and the Caribbean, where populations have dropped an astounding 89 per cent.
"It is a classic example of where the disappearance is the result of our own consumption, because the deforestation is being driven by ever expanding agriculture producing soy, which is being exported to countries including the United Kingdom to feed pigs and chickens", Barrett said. It said humans are "pushing the planet to the brink" and taking "an unprecedented toll on wildlife".
The pace of loss is staggering in some ecosystems. "But some conservation efforts are working everyone may not agree, but India's Project Tiger is one example". Giant pandas in China and otters in the United Kingdom have also been doing well.
The authors are setting their sights on 2020, when leaders are expected to review progress made in worldwide treaties like the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity.
More concerning, the WWF's Living Planet Report 2018 concluded, among others, that we are witnessing a rapid closing of our window of opportunity to act and the urgent need for the global community to collectively reconsider and redefine the values and initiate immediate actions to stop and reverse the damage caused by the humanity to nature. "This really is the last chance".
We are in the midst of a scary phenomenon right now being called "the Great Acceleration".
A damning report issued by the WWF has shed light on just how efficient a killer humans can be, potentially threatening the entire planet.
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