WWF:Unlimited human consumption has dropped global wildlife population

Humans are wiping out life of earth says WWF with many species in danger of disappearing

"Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during mass extinctions", the WWF's Living Planet Report adds.

In a report, the charity says losses in vertebrate species - mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles - averaged 60% between 1970 and 2014.

Marco Lambertini, the Director General of WWF International, sees the situation as an obligation-and a chance to make a difference.

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This huge loss in the number of animals is mainly attributed to human activities, such as deforestation, overgrazing, and hunting endangered animals". In this landmark anniversary edition, 20 years after its original publication, the Living Planet Report 2018 provides a platform for the best science, cutting-edge research and diverse voices on the impact of humans on the health of our Earth, with inputs from more than 50 experts from academia, policy, global development and conservation organizations across the world.

Unbridled consumption has decimated global wildlife, triggered a mass extinction and exhausted earth's capacity to accommodate humanity's expanding appetites, the conservation group WWF warned Tuesday. "We're degrading habitats, overfishing, overhunting and continuing unsustainable agricultural practices on a large scale". The astonishing decline in wildlife populations is a grim reminder and perhaps the ultimate indicator of the pressure we exert on the planet'. "The ranking today puts Lahore at the top of the list, and urgent action needs to be taken to tackle this issue".

The report suggests that this generation may be the last who can can act to reverse the trend. Globally, nature provides services worth around $125 trillion a year, while also helping ensure the supply of fresh air, clean water, food, energy, medicines and more.

For the new assessment, the WWF used the Global Living Planet Index that tracks the population abundance of thousands of vertebrates from around the world to measure changes in biodiversity.

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A new report from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) adds to the deluge of recent horrifying environmental news about the increasing pressure of climate change and extinctions that are happening at such a pace that nature can not keep up. The decline of freshwater aquatic wildlife reached 83 percent in 2014.

The do-not-cross red line for climate change, for example, is global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), according to a new United Nations report.

The Living Planet Report 2018 also focuses on the value of nature to people's health and that of our societies and economies.

The Living Planet Report 2018 paints a singular disturbing picture: human activity is pushing the planet's natural systems that support life on earth to the edge.

The most pronounced species declines are found in the tropics, with an 89 percent loss in Central and South America, according to their analysis.

Equally worrying: more than two thirds of the world's wildlife could be gone by 2020 if current trends continue.

Mangroves, for example, trap nearly five times more carbon than tropical forests; crops partially pollinated by animals account for 35 per cent of the world's food production; and coral reefs protect around 200 million people against storm surges, according to the report.

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