Worldwide wildlife populations decline by nearly 70% since 1970

BBC News
October 13, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Earth’s wildlife populations have plunged by an average of 69% in just under 50 years, according to a leading scientific assessment, as humans continue to clear forests, consume beyond the limits of the planet and pollute on an industrial scale. The abundance of birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles declined on average by more than two-thirds between 1970 and 2018, according to the WWF and Zoological Society of London’s biennial Living Planet Report. Two years ago, the figure stood at 68%, four years ago, it was at 60%. …The report’s 89 authors are urging world leaders to reach an ambitious agreement at the Cop15 biodiversity summit in Canada this December. …Latin America and the Caribbean region – including the Amazon – has seen the steepest decline in average wildlife population size, with a 94% drop in 48 years. …Africa had the second largest fall at 66%, followed by Asia and the Pacific with 55% and North America at 20%. Europe and Central Asia experienced an 18% fall.

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