Humans Wiping Out Wildlife at Breathtaking Rate — WWF

Humans Wiping Out Wildlife at Breathtaking Rate — WWF

Humans Wiping Out Wildlife at Breathtaking Rate — WWF

The staggering loss is reflected in the organization's Living Planet Index, which tracks global biodiversity by measuring the abundance of mammals, reptiles, birds and other species.

Eye-Opening Information A Bengal tiger named Boomerang rests in the bush in Ranthambhore National Park in Jaipur, India, on January 4, 2012. "That's true in Canada and overseas".

Speaking at launching of WWF's Living Planet Report 2018 on Tuesday, he said declining populations were especially pronounced in the South America (89 per cent), Africa (56 per cent) and the Indo-Pacific (64 per cent) region which included Pakistan. And today, with climate change, the report is all the more compelling.

As Tanya Steele, chief executive of the WWF said, "We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it". Two previous reports, in 2014 and 2016, found wildlife population declines of 50 percent and 58 percent, respectively, since 1970.

The second biggest threat to species was over exploitation such as hunting, over fishing and the illegal wildlife trade.

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While climate change is a growing threat, the report said the overexploitation of species for consumption, agriculture, and activities such as land conversion and habitat loss were the top threats to biodiversity.

Globally, WWF is taking the window of opportunity between now to 2020 (when the Aichi targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Environmental Goals of the 2030 agenda culminate and a new comprehensive framework for the future is set) to shape a positive vision for nature and for the planet by collaborating with a consortium of nearly 40 universities, conservation organizations and intergovernmental organizations to launch the research initiative, Bending the Curve of Biodiversity Loss.

According to the report, only a quarter of land on Earth is substantively free from the impacts of human activities.

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"Nature contributes to human wellbeing culturally and spiritually, as well as through the critical production of food, clean water, and energy, and through regulating the Earth's climate, pollution, pollination and floods", he said.

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Human consumption, pollution, and climate change has ensured that there is now less than half of the wild animals there was over 40 years ago. This image depicts the border between Haiti (left) and the Dominican Republic (right).

It was the only location in the developed world to make the list. Forty-two of the 50 highest and largest mountains have lost all primary forest.

A new report describes the impact man is having on nature as a "mindblowing crisis". Or we can be the generation that had its chance and failed to act. Globally, natural resources are estimated to provide services - for example, pollination of plants - worth 125trillion U.S. dollars (£97trillion) a year.

For the Report 3268 individual sources were combined, including long monitoring programs of researchers and "Citizen Science " projects, in which lay the animals. "Wildlife around the world continue to dwindle", said Carter Roberts, President and CEO of WWF-US. "We need urgent action from our leaders and a new global deal for nature and people that kick starts a global programme of recovery".

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