Wildlife population Reduced by Half in the Last Four Decades – A Threat to Ecological Balance
A recently conducted study by WWF revealed that the number of around 3000 species have drastically gone down in the last four decades. To be precise, there is a 52 percent decline in the population of these species between the period of 1970 and 2010. According to WWF “It is far worse than we expected and we blame it largely on human threat.”
This Swiss-based organization employed hi-tech methods to count the numbers of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, which proved their previous data of 28 percent decline between 1970 and 2008 wrong. They said that majority of the new losses are from tropical regions, especially Latin America.
Saying “there is no room for complacency”, WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini called for a regular & sincere steps to adopt sustainable solutions for mitigating the impacts that people are extending to nature, particularly in the form of greenhouse gases
Earth has witnessed five mass extinctions and the major price has been paid by wildlife. Due to unethical and illegal activities being carried out by humans, wildlife is still paying the price. It is disturbing the ecosystem, which is going to hit the human race sooner or later. If strong & effective policies are not concocted and implemented in time, the consequences could be fatal. Environment experts say that wildlife plays a very crucial role in maintaining the balance of nature and if it is not maintained, the upcoming generations would have very hard time coping up with challenges put forth by the nature.
Living Planet Report 2014-Marco Lamberthi ( Director General, WWF International) Video