Humans Wiping Out Wildlife at Breathtaking Rate — WWF


"Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during mass extinctions", the report says.

The WWF has urged the 196 member nations of the Convention on Biological Diversity to consider a range of targets when they meet in Egypt in late November. "If there was a 60% decline in the human population, that would be equivalent to emptying North America, South America, Africa, Europe, China and Oceania".

"We're monitoring more populations (16,704), more species (4,005), and the trend remains the same".

Another dataset confirmed the depth of an unfolding mass extinction event, only the sixth in the last half-billion years.

The bi-yearly Living Planet Report released Monday documents the state of the planet, including biodiversity, ecosystems and the demand on natural resources.

Measured by weight, or biomass, wild animals today only account for four percent of mammals on Earth, with humans (36%) and livestock (60%) making up the rest.

The report, which was presented in the presence of environmental journalists and researchers, presented a sobering picture of the impact of human activities on the world's wildlife, forests, oceans, rivers and climate.

The percentage of seabirds with plastic in their stomach has increased to 90 per cent from 5 per cent in 1960, a shocking report reveals.

As a result, global wildlife populations have declined 60 per cent between 1970 and 2014.

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In the years since man first walked on the moon, his footprint back on back on earth has polluted three-quarters of the planet, and caused the wildlife population to plummet by a catastrophic 60 per cent, an worldwide report warns today.

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. "This rapid planetary change, referred to as the "Great Acceleration", has brought many benefits to human society", the report said.

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.

A new global deal should be secured, backed by strong commitments from governments and businesses.

"The only good news is that we know exactly what is happening". The U.N. warned climate change poses "an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet" that will "require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society". It has also highlighted the Agriculture Ministry's submission to a parliamentary committee that productivity of major crops could decrease by 10 to 40% by 2100 unless agriculture adapts to climate change impacts.

"We have known for many years that we are driving the planet to the brink", said WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini.

"One was the realisation that climate change was risky for the economy and society, not just polar bears", he said.

"Pakistan is experiencing a steady rise in carbon emissions, which contributes to global issues such as climate change and global warming", he said.