Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Humans have wiped out 60 per cent of animals since 1970

Humans have wiped out 60 per cent of animals since 1970

Cape Town -The way we feed, fuel and finance our societies and economies is pushing nature, according to the World Wildlife Fund's latest Living Planet Report.

WWF-India said that over 4,000 species were monitored across the globe, and a 60 per cent decline was noticed between 1970 to 2014.

[Figure 1 - source: WWF Living Planet Report-2018] The increasing rates of change in human activity since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

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. It is based largely on scientific literature and data review by experts from across the world.

The report points out that while the window of opportunity for action is closing, there is still time for governments to implement more ambitious policy on biodiversity conservation.

This change over the last 50 years, described as the 'Great Acceleration, ' had had many positives - but also negatives Mr Gaffney wrote. India's per capita ecological footprint may be low, but overall its population is high and therefore consumption is high - but that hasn't been evaluated in this report. "Inch by inch and species by species, shrinking wildlife numbers are an indicator of the tremendous impact and pressure we are exerting on the planet, undermining the very living fabric that sustains us all - nature and biodiversity", Director General of WWF International Marco Lambertini said.

Humans have wiped out about 60 percent of the world's wildlife populations in the last four decades, a new report has found.

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"This is far more than just being about losing the wonders of nature, desperately sad though that is".

"We are the first generation that has a clear picture of the value of nature and the grave situation we are facing", the report says. The images of the graphs (Figure 1 and Figure 2) are much like that in Dan Brown's fictional novel Inferno which dealt with the overpopulation crisis in the world. Holding the mirror of truth, the WWF has also pointed out, in its May report, that the humankind has already destroyed 83% of all mammal since the dawn of civilisation.

The Paris Agreement, negotiated under the United Nations convention on climate change, also set a clear target: global warming must be held to "well below" 2C, and 1.5C if possible.

Ocean acidification may be occurring at a rate not seen in at least 300 million years.

A new report from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) adds to the deluge of recent horrifying environmental news about the increasing pressure of climate change and extinctions that are happening at such a pace that nature can not keep up.

According to The Guardian, one of the significant reason for the destruction of wildlife is the increase in the farmland. It's not even a blink of an eye compared to the history of life on Earth.' 'Now that we have the power to control and even damage nature, we continue to (use) it as if we were the hunters and gatherers of 20,000 years ago, with the technology of the 21st century, ' he added. It was reported that possibly killing for food would be one of the biggest causes for the extension of wildlife.

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