Wildlife populations dropped nearly 60 percent since 1970: report
Global wildlife populations plummeted by 58 percent between 1970 and 2012, according to the latest Living Planet Report published by conservation group WWF on Wednesday.
The report — an analysis of data on more than 14,200 populations across 3,700 species of mammals, fish, amphibians, birds and reptiles — projected that if the trend continued, the world could lose more than two-thirds of wildlife by 2020.
The worst affected are species living in lakes, rivers and wetlands — who have seen an 81 percent drop in populations over the past four decades, according to WWF.
We are entering a new era in Earth’s history: the Anthropocene. An era in which humans rather than natural forces are the primary drivers of planetary change.
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