Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60 percent in just over four decades, as accelerating pollution, deforestation, climate change and other man-made factors have created a "mindblowing" crisis, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has warned in a damning new report. These two regions have seen an 89% reduction in the number of native species during the same period, as reported by WWF.
"Nature systems essential to our survival-forests, oceans and rivers-remain in decline", said Carter Roberts, the president and CEO of the WWF in the US. "Shrinking wildlife numbers are an indicator of the tremendous impact and pressure that we are exerting on the planet", Marco Lambertini WWF International director general said in a media statement.
All human economic activity ultimately depends on nature, the report said, with globally natural resources estimated to provide services worth $125tn (€110tn) a year. 'If we want a world with orangutans and puffins, clean air and enough food for everyone, we need urgent action from our leaders and a new global deal for nature and people that kick starts a global program of recovery, ' Steele said in her statement.
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According to The Guardian, on Tuesday, the WWF presented the report- 'The Living Planet Index'- which has presented the major massacre of wildlife done in the hands of the human in so many years. "We may also be the last generation that can do something about it".
A charity is warning that human activity is causing wildlife populations to dramatically decline around the world.
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"We need to radically escalate the political relevance of nature and galvanize a cohesive movement across state and non-state actors to drive change, to ensure that public and private decision-makers understand that business as usual is not an option", it adds. "Wildlife around the world continue to dwindle".
A new WWF report has concluded that populations of vertebrate species - mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish - have declined by an average of 60 per cent since 1970.
Professor Ken Norris of the Zoological Society of London, who's contributed to the report, said that while the statistics in the report are daunting, "all hope is not lost".
India has one of the lowest ecological footprints among countries at less than 1.75 global hectares per person, but fared the worst in soil biodiversity which was mapped for the first time to locate threat areas. Food and medicines, it says, all rely on natural resources.
Their latest global report claims wildlife is dying out faster than ever and says nature needs worldwide "life support".
With the world set to review its progress on sustainable development and conserving biodiversity by 2020, under United Nations agreements, there is an opportunity for action in the next two years, the WWF argues. This can galvanize public and private action to protect and restore global biodiversity and nature and bend the curve on the devastating trends highlighted in the report.