WWF study reveals wild animal numbers in deep decline

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Globally, WWF is taking the window of opportunity between now to 2020 (when the Aichi targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Environmental Goals of the 2030 agenda culminate and a new comprehensive framework for the future is set) to shape a positive vision for nature and for the planet by collaborating with a consortium of nearly 40 universities, conservation organizations and intergovernmental organizations to launch the research initiative, Bending the Curve of Biodiversity Loss. This part of the globe, which the report calls the "Neotropical" region including South and Central America and the Caribbean, has seen an 89 percent loss in vertebrate wildlife in the 44-year-span from 1970 to 2014.

At the Northumbrian Hedgehog Rescue Trust just outside Morpeth, where a team of volunteers cares for hundreds of sickly and underweight specimens every year, they fear the species is heading for extinction.

"For the 2018 report, 319 new species have been added to the Living Planet Index database", Colby Loucks, deputy goal lead and senior director at the WWF Wildlife Conservation Program, told weather.com.

"In a nutshell, it's our own human activity that is leading to these declines", said James Snider, vice-president of science, research and innovation at WWF.

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The Paris Agreement, negotiated under the United Nations convention on climate change, also set a clear target: global warming must be held to "well below" 2C, and 1.5C if possible.

A new report from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) reveals the bitter truth that humans' environmental neglect is pushing many animals to extinction.

Living Planet collated data from efforts to track 16,704 populations of 4,005 different species of vertebrates around the world. "It's time to balance our consumption with the needs of nature, and to protect the only planet that is our home".

It's bad enough that humans are killing ourselves, but by bulldozing forests, choking oceans, and poisoning air, we're also killing the plants, animals, and ecosystems that help sustain us. Lakes, rivers and wetlands are suffering the most from overexploitation and continue to deteriorate at breakneck speed, with species declining by 83% since 1970, the report warned.

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The report shows India's ecological footprint per person is less than 1.75 global hectares per person, the lowest among countries and much smaller than some countries in Europe or North America with values higher than 7 global hectares per person. Between climate change and the human need for more and more space, our world is shrinking.

The WWF conservation group is out with the results of a massive new assessment of the world's wildlife, and things are looking pretty grim. It's not even a blink of an eye compared to the history of life on Earth", Marco Lambertini, the WWF's director general said, describing the current crisis as "unprecedented.

The WWF also predicts the number of polar bears will be reduced by 30 percent by 2050 as climate change melts the Arctic ice.

Conservationists have issued a demand for urgent worldwide action after a major report uncovered an unprecedented crisis in nature that threatens to devastate the world economy and imperil humanity itself.

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The authors urged the 200 member countries of the Convention on Biological Diversity to come up with a set of global goals to protect animal species when they meet next month in Egypt.