Saturday, October 4, 2014
52% of Wildlife Lost in past 40 Years
52% of the world’s animals have vanished in last 40 years, according to a WWF ( World Wildlife Fund ) report. The 2014 Living Planet Report stated that between 1970 and 2010, populations of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish around the globe dropped 52%! Examples of wildlife that are suffering serious population collapse include elephants in Africa which could be extinct within our lifetime!! Marine turtles have seen an 80% drop in numbers.
The amount of carbon in our atmosphere has risen to levels not seen in more than a million years, triggering climate change that is already destabilizing ecosystems. High concentrations of reactive nitrogen are degrading lands, rivers and oceans. Stress on already scarce water supplies is increasing. And over 60% of the essential services provided by nature from forests to seas are in decline. With 39% of terrestrial wildlife gone, 39% of marine wildlife gone and 76% of freshwater wildlife gone…all in the past 40 years, we are headed towards a catastrophe. Perhaps man will only stop after he has nothing more to destroy, and then mankind will be destroyed too. After all the awareness drives and endless animal safety projects and millions spent for them, animals are still dying, and they are dying faster. Are we really so dumb not to understand that if there are no animals on the Earth, we won’t be here either??