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World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020

A new report analysed the changing abundance of more than 14,000 monitored populations of the 3,700 vertebrate species for which good data is available. This produced a measure akin to a stock market index that indicates the state of the world’s 64,000 animal species.  Destruction of wild areas, pollution, water shortages and human behaviours such as hunting for rhino's or elephants are some of the major reasons for the decline.

The collapse of wildlife is, with climate change, the most striking sign of the Anthropocene, a proposed new geological era in which humans dominate the planet. “We are no longer a small world on a big planet. We are now a big world on a small planet, where we have reached a saturation point,” said Prof Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, in a foreword for the report.

More in the Guardian report with some very good links to other data sources.

Comments by Mary Sue Rogers

Posted On : 26-10-16

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