Earth’s wildlife population declined by 60 per cent in 44 years: WWF

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Overall, populations of more than 4,000 species of mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians have declined by an average of 60% between 1970 and 2014, the most recent year for which data is available.

For freshwater vertebrates, losses topped 80 per cent. In Central and South America, populations declined overall by 89 percent, while in South Asia and Oceania, populations declined by 64 percent.

But Australia's region didn't fare particularly well either. Therefore, at least 50 percent of the agricultural subsidies should be given only to the farmers, which have been proven to in their fields of climate and environmental protection objectives to be implemented by, for example, reduce the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, in a variety of fruit to follow or species-rich grassland will receive, calls Kruger.

"Exploding human consumption is the driving force behind the unprecedented planetary change we are witnessing, through the increased demand for energy, land and water", the report says. The rate of extinction on Earth is 100 to 1,000 times higher than it would be without pressure from humans.

It said "Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during mass extinctions". The world's global economy has jumped from an estimated $3 trillion USA in 1950 to $80 trillion United States now, and humans have modified most of the Earth's landmass; only a quarter remains unmodified, and 15.4 per cent is protected. The main culprits of the destruction are overexploitation and agriculture.

"Air pollution caused by traffic, industries, crop burning and burning of solid waste are major contributors of smog and the layer of smog will thicken in the coming days", he said and added that the urban air pollution in Pakistan is among the world's most severe, significantly damaging human health, quality of life, economy and the environment.

Even the frequent threat of invasive species was found to be interconnected to the economic boom through trade related activities such as shipping.

In fact, the report was released the same day as China announced it is relaxing the ban on trade in rhinoceros and tiger parts for scientific, medical and cultural purposes.

Loucks said of those monitored, freshwater species are experiencing the "most worrying decline at 83 percent". "Wildlife around the world continue to dwindle". The most significant decline has been seen in tropical rainforests and in rivers, lakes and wetlands around the world.

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.

"We can be the founders of a global movement that changed our relationship with the planet, that saw us secure a future for all life on Earth, including our own", WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini wrote in the report.

The report based on the ongoing survey of more than 4,000 species spread over 16,700 populations suggest that that situation is awful right now and it is getting worse with the increase in our unbridled consumption.

Imagine there were only two species in the world: frogs and pandas.

For two others, climate and land degradation, we have one foot in the red zone.