Mankind Annihilating World Wildlife

Mankind annihilating world wildlife, says a new damning report.

And the report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says a mind-blowing crisis exists.

So global wildlife populations have fallen by 60 per cent in the last 44 years.

And the reasons for the crisis are accelerating pollution, deforestation, climate change and other manmade factors.

But for some species it already is too late they already are extinct.

The report is called Living Planet Report 2018.

It is issued every two years.

Mankind Annihilating World Wildlife

A total of more than 4,000 mammal, fish, bird, reptiles and amphibians declined rapidly, the report says.

It was over a 44-year-period  from 1970 to 2014.

The report says the situation has reached emergency status and threatens civilization.

And a total of 59 scientists from across the world were involved in producing the report.

Mankind Annihilating World Wildlife

The web of life is being destroyed by the world’s vast and growing consumption of food and resources.

“We are sleepwalking towards the edge of a cliff” says  Mike Barrett, executive director of science and conservation at WWF.

“If there was a 60 per cent decline in the human population, that would be equivalent to emptying North America, South America, Africa, Europe, China and Oceania. That is the scale of what we have done.”

Four years ago, the decline was 52 per cent.

“This is far more than just being about losing the wonders of nature, desperately sad though that is,” he said. “This is actually now jeopardising the future of people. Nature is not a ‘nice to have’ – it is our life-support system,” says Barrett.

And another expert also weighed in.

He is Professor Johan Rockström.

The professor is the director at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

“Only by addressing both ecosystems and climate do we stand a chance of safeguarding a stable planet for humanity’s future on Earth.”

The report was produced for the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) by the Zoological Society of London.

The society uses data on 16,704 populations of wildlife.

And here is the kicker.

Wildlife and the ecosystems are vital to human life, says  Professor Bob Watson.

He is one of the world’s most eminent environmental scientists.

“Nature contributes to human wellbeing culturally and spiritually, as well as through the critical production of food, clean water, and energy, and through regulating the Earth’s climate, pollution, pollination and floods,” he says.

“The Living Planet report clearly demonstrates that human activities are destroying nature at an unacceptable rate, threatening the wellbeing of current and future generations.”

Mankind Annihilating World Wildlife

Here is a quick guide of wildlife losses from around the world.

It was prepared by the Guardian newspaper in London.

African elephants: With 55 being poached for ivory every day, more are being poached than are being born, meaning populations are plunging

Orangutans: More than 100,000 were lost in Borneo alone between 1999 and 2015, largely due to forest destruction for timber and palm oil, leaving the great apes critically endangered

Whale sharks: Numbers of the largest fish have collapsed by two-thirds in the last 75 years in the Indian and-Pacific Oceans, due to overfishing and ship collisions.

Wandering albatross: Populations are declining rapidly, driven largely by accidental catches in long line fisheries. One monitored population on South Georgia fell by half between 1972 and 2010

Jaguar: The razing of forests in South America is driving the decline of this big cat, which prefers to live in dense jungle

Gharials: There are now just 200 breeding adults of the fish-eating crocodile in the wild in India and Nepal, the result of rampant fishing, poaching and drops in river flow.

Chinese giant salamander: This creature is one of 545 critically endangered amphibians, decimated by hunting for food, destruction of rivers and lakes and pollution.

Hedgehog: This animal is among the fifth of UK mammals at high risk of extinction, with populations having fallen hugely in both urban and rural locations.

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