Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years!
The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats
As human populations expand and natural habitats shrink, people and animals are increasingly coming into conflict over living space and food.
Global biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate, putting the survival of other species and our own future at risk. The latest edition of WWF’s Living Planet Report brings home the enormity of the situation – and how we can start to put it right. The Living Planet Index reveals that global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles declined by 58 per cent between 1970 and 2012. We could witness a two-thirds decline in the half-century from 1970 to 2020 – unless we act now to reform our food and energy systems and meet global commitments on addressing climate change, protecting biodiversity and supporting sustainable development.
See below just a few examples:
Mountain Gorillas: 790 left
Greater One-Horned Rhino: 3.500 left
Giant Pandas: 1.800 left
Asiatic Cheetahs: 40 left
(They are as good as extinct)
Tigers: 3.900 left
Lions: 20.000 left
Giraffes: 97.000 left
Polar Bears: 20.000 left