Humans Are 'Destroying' The Planet And Decimating Wildlife, WWF Study Finds

Humans Are 'Destroying' The Planet And Decimating Wildlife, WWF Study Finds

The report suggests that this generation may be the last who can can act to reverse the trend. Crops pollinated by animals account for 35 per cent of global food production, while habitat loss means that the soil for crops to grow is not being replenished with nutrients.

According to the "Living Planet 2018" report, 4,000 species of mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians and birds plummeted between 1970 and 2014, which calls for protecting the earth and is a sign that nature needs some life support. 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", said Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International.

According to the report, climate change's role in the losses has been only moderate so far; ecosystem destruction has had a more profound impact.

Between 2009 and 2014, African elephant populations in Tanzania fell by 60 percent alone, largely due to poaching.

Dr Morné du Plessis, chief executive of WWF South Africa said the organisation was "pushing hard for a new global deal for nature and people to address the crucial questions, including how we feed a growing global population, how we limit global warming below two degrees Celsius and how we restore nature". Lakes, rivers and wetlands are suffering the most from overexploitation and continue to deteriorate at breakneck speed, with species declining by 83% since 1970, the report warned.

The constriction of populations has been most dramatic in Central and South America and in the Caribbean: there, vertebrate abundance is only 11 percent of what it was in 1970.

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A huge percentage fall in a rare species will not make much difference to the total number of animals in the world.

The World Wildlife Living Planet Report 2018 is a 75 page report. "This report sounds a warning shot across our bow", said Carter Roberts, president, and CEO of WWF-US. "We have to get it right this time". "Exploding" levels of human consumption, over-exploitation of natural resources such as over-fishing, cutting down forests and the use of pesticides in agriculture are having dire effects on the system that humanity is dependent upon. We can be the founders of a global movement that changed our relationship with the planet. India has also lost significant amount of coral cover in Lakshadweep and is seeing an increase in marine capture.

The WWF conservation group is out with the results of a massive new assessment of the world's wildlife, and things are looking pretty grim.

Current action to protect nature is failing because it is not enough to match the scale of the threat facing the planet, the conservationists claim.

"The nature conservation agenda is not only about securing the future of tigers, pandas, whales, and all the awesome diversity of life we love and cherish on Earth", according to WWF International's Lambertini.

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