Humans pushing global wildlife populations to the edge: report

Humans pushing global wildlife populations to the edge: report

A new report has blamed various human activities, including deforestation, overfishing and illegal trade of animals, for the drastic fall in global wildlife populations over the past few decades.

The Living Planet Report released by the Zoological Society of London and the World Wildlife Fund revealed that global wildlife populations have contracted an average of 58 per cent from the 1970 levels.

Mike Barrett, the director of science & policy at WWF-UK, warned that human activities are pushing global wildlife populations to the edge.

Barrett underlined in the report, “Deforestation, pollution, overfishing and the illegal wildlife trade, together with climate change are pushing species populations to the edge. For the first time since the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, we face a global mass extinction of wildlife.”

The report also predicted that global populations of vertebrate species will likely be down 67 per cent from 1970 levels by 2020 unless steps are not taken to reverse human activities’ damaging impacts.

However, the report also noted that some species have made encouraging comebacks in some regions. For instance, carnivores like the Eurasian lynx are rebounding in Europe due to restoration of mangroves, while the removal of Elwha River Dam in Washington is allowing several fish species to grow again.


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