A new report by World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) has found “Exploding human consumption” has caused a massive drop in global wildlife populations in recent decades.
The charity says losses in vertebrate species – mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles – averaged 60% between 1970 and 2014.
“Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during mass extinctions,” the WWF’s Living Planet Report adds.
It says we must set new targets for sustainable development.
The report says only a quarter of the world’s land area is now free from the impact of human activity and the proportion will have fallen to just a 10th by 2050.
The change is being driven by ever-rising food production and increased demand for energy, land and water.
Although forest loss has been slowed by reforestation in some regions in recent decades.
Marine freshwater species are particularly at risk due to plastic pollution.
This report shows that many species are dwindling at an alarming rate. But it doesn’t tell us that we’ve lost 60% of our wildlife.