Global wildlife populations on pace to decline by two-thirds by 2020

Global wildlife populations on pace to decline by two-thirds by 2020

Jeopardized by human activities, global wildlife populations are on the pace for a decline by two-thirds in just four years, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said in the 11th edition of its Living Planet Report.

According to the report, global populations of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish have 58 per cent since 1970; and the populations could decline by 67 per cent by 2020, if the trend persists.

The WWF prepared and published the report in partnership with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). The groups reached the alarming conclusions after monitoring rends in a total of 14,152 populations of more than 3,700 vertebrate species globally.

Ken Norris, the director of science at ZSL, said, “There is no sign yet that this rate [average rate of wildlife species decline] will decrease. This research delivers a wake-up call that for decades we’ve treated our planet as if it’s disposable.”

The researchers blamed various human activities, such as deforestation, overfishing, poaching of wild animals and illegal trade of animals, for the sweeping declines in wildlife populations around the globe over the past few decades.

The report emphasized on the need to implement marshal efforts to promote the recovery of threatened wildlife species.


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