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One Shocking Thing Has Caused The Extinction Of 50% Of Earth’s Wildlife

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The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) just released the tenth biennial edition of the Living Planet report which found that between hunting, habitat destruction, environmental degradation and climate change, the worldwide population of animals including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish has dramatically dropped by an astronomical 52% since 1970.

While many researchers have stated we are in the 6th mass extinction in Earth’s history and in a sense the process can be seen as natural, it is also very important to note that we are contributing to this process. In fact, many researchers believe the extinction we are currently in is happening much faster than the previous ones and it is likely we are the cause.[15]

“We are using nature’s gifts as if we had more than just one Earth at our disposal.” We are taking more from our ecosystems and natural processes than can can be replenished; because of this we are putting our future –and our children’s future in jeopardy.

With statistics like these it is definitely difficult to feel positive about what the future has in store, but it is because we ourselves have caused the problem that we can find the solution.

The Report

The report sheds light on the main threats to animal populations. The top 3 threats are habitat loss and degradation, exploitation through hunting and fishing (which includes intentionally for food or sport, or accidentally such as by-catch) and climate change.

The report states “Humanity currently needs the regenerative capacity of 1.5 Earth’s to provide the ecological goods and services we use each year.”

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