World Wildlife Populations Declined By 58% Between 1970 And 2012

Posted: Oct 28 2016, 6:13am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 28 2016, 6:16am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 

World Wildlife Populations Declined by 58% Between 1970 and 2012
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  • Two-Thirds of Global Wildlife Populations Could Decline in Half-century from 1970 to 2020
  • Populations of vertebrate animals down by Half in 45 Years
 

It looks like human beings will most certainly decimate two-thirds of wildlife in half a century’s time span.

The WWF has found that the animal population has decreased by a considerable amount. Thousands of animal species are dying in record numbers due to only one factor: mankind.

The 2016 WWF Living Planet Report found a 58% overall decrease in vertebrates. This occurred from 1970 to 2012. If the present conditions prevail, over two thirds of wildlife would be decimated by 2020. 

As mankind uses up resources at a record pace and puts extreme pressure on the species that inhabit Nature, wildlife is becoming rarer and rarer. The whole gamut of vertebrates from fish to birds and amphibians, reptiles and mammals are being affected by this monopoly in species.

As wildlife undergoes a vanishing act, the total population sizes shrink with rapidity. There are five factors in this apocalypse: loss of habitat, exploitation beyond the normal levels, release of pollutants into the environment, invasion of rogue species and changes in the climate. These problems underlay what is bothering the 3706 species that are on the list of the WWF. 

Species of marine wildlife in the fresh waters of the world have been hit the hardest. Populations of these animals have declined by 81%. Water is being diverted from the regions where the pandas thrive for purposes of human consumption.

Humankind seems to have expanded till the point where it is a globally dominant species. Chopping down trees in the rainforest, hunting big game in Africa and fishing in the high seas till all the fish have become dinner on someone’s table are some of the activities that are taking place at a brisk pace. 

Mankind is leaving behind quite a large carbon footprint. The plethora of resources being used represent not something that is a need but pure greed. What is going on today is more like a rape of sorts.

In fact, the richest nations of the world such as the USA, Canada and Australia are the biggest culprits in this game of resource depletion. We don’t know the full consequences of these actions that are taking place.

Yet whatever they will be, they will definitely not be good. Ecology points out the fact that every species is dependent on every other species.

It is a complex web of consumers and producers that form the earth’s cycles. Were many of the inter-mediating species wiped out, the result would be devastating to say the least. 

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