WWF Report: Humans wipe out 60% of animal populations over 40 years

Wild animal numbers dropped 60 per cent in 40 years and in Latin America and the Caribbean 89 per cent of indigenous mammals like the jaguar are gone

This is the last generation that can save nature - WWF

"This report sounds a warning shot across our bow", said Carter Roberts, president, and CEO of WWF-US.

Parts from those animals classified as "antiques" could be used in cultural exchanges if approved by the cultural authorities, the statement added.

The bi-yearly Living Planet Report released Monday documents the state of the planet, including biodiversity, ecosystems and the demand on natural resources.

A new report from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) reveals the bitter truth that humans' environmental neglect is pushing many animals to extinction.

"We can not build a prosperous future for Europe and its citizens on a depleted planet, so economic and environmental agendas must converge if we are to build a sustainable Europe for all", said Ester Asin, Director of WWF's European Policy Office.

The report held over-exploitation of nature, through agriculture and deforestation as major causes behind the findings.

India has one of the lowest ecological footprints among countries at less than 1.75 global hectares per person, but fared the worst in soil biodiversity which was mapped for the first time to locate threat areas. "Natural systems essential to our survival - forests, oceans, and rivers - remain in decline", he said. It also held invasive pollution, dams, fires, mining, and climate change as additional sources of pressure on nature.

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The percentage of the world's seabirds with plastic in their stomach is estimated to have increased from 5 per cent in 1960 to 90 per cent today, and the world has already lost around half its shallow water corals in just 30 years.

The report says that the biggest challenge-and biggest opportunity-lies in changing our approach to development and remember that protecting nature also helps protect people.

Calling the wildlife and the ecosystem "vital to human life", the current chairman of an intergovernmental panel on biodiversity and world's most eminent environmental scientists said, "destruction of nature is as risky as climate change". "Pakistan is experiencing a steady rise in carbon emissions, which contributes to global issues such as climate change and global warming", he said.

Wildlife populations have, on average, decreased by 60 percent since 1970, a new report by the World Wildlife Federations found.

The report tracks more than 16,000 populations and 4,000 species through the Living Planet Index provided by the Zoological Society of London. "Wildlife around the world continue to dwindle". The report notes that 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, reports the BBC.

"We can no longer ignore the impact of current unsustainable production models and wasteful lifestyles." said Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International. "We may also be the last that can act to reverse this trend, from now until 2020 will be decisive moment in history", the report stated. Barrett said we need a new global deal for people and the environment, and this is our last chance to do this right.

The authors urged the 200 member countries of the Convention on Biological Diversity to come up with a set of worldwide goals to protect animal species when they meet next month in Egypt.

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