Human activity has brought the planet’s life-supporting systems to the brink of tipping points, causing an “alarming” loss in biodiversity and critical threats to the services nature has provided humankind.
So finds the newest state of the planet report (pdf) from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which offers a damning look on the health of the Earth.
“We’re gradually destroying our planet’s ability to support our way of life,” stated Carter Roberts, president and CEO of WWF.
Among the report’s findings is a dramatic loss in biodiversity. Its Living Planet Index, managed by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and based on over 10,000 populations of over 3,000 species, shows a 52 percent decline in global wildlife between 1970 and 2010. And that’s a trend that “shows no sign of slowing down.”
Among the causes of the decline are climate change, habitat loss and degradation, and exploitation.
Breaking these losses down further, the report states that populations of freshwater species have declined 76 percent, compared to losses of 39 percent each for marine species and terrestrial populations.
Region-wise, Latin America has suffered the biggest decline in biodiversity, with species populations plummeting 83 percent.
Global wildlife populations have declined over 50 percent between 1970 and 2010.The impacts of humankind’s assault on the planet are not being felt equally, the report notes, as higher-income countries have an “ecological footprint” five times higher than those of lower-income countries. In fact, because of resource imports, high-income countries “may effectively be outsourcing biodiversity loss,” stated Keya Chatterjee, WWF’s senior director of footprint.
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