WWF: World Wildlife disappeared half




Over the past few decades, the world has disappeared 3,000 species of wild animals. The situation is much worse than expected. This is evidenced by the results of a study conducted by the world’s largest organization for the protection of wildlife .

According to a new report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), human activity has led to the fact that between 1970 and 2010, the number of wild animals was reduced by an average of 52 percent. The difference between the figures announced by the report by WWF in 2012, is due to an improved method of estimating abundance of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles. The biggest losses were tropical regions, namely Latin America.

The report “Living Planet” reflects the results of the study of about 10,000 population 3038 species of vertebrates from the database of the Zoological Society of London.

Research that holds WWF since 1998, provide an indication of the state of our planet. The Foundation encourages people to minimize the negative impact on the environment, in particular to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

Scholars have identified five mass extinctions of animals on Earth, which is often associated with the fall of meteorites. The largest of these occurred about 252 million years ago and caused the extinction of about 90 percent of animal species. And the most famous mass extinction that happened 66 million years ago, killed the dinosaurs, and three of the four animal species on Earth.

In the new study, the main causes of extinction WWF calls hunting, fishing and changes in the natural habitat of wild animals. Other factors include invasive species, global warming, pollution and disease.

This destruction can not be considered inevitable, but it is a consequence of our choice. We do not lose hope. For the protection of nature requires targeted action to preserve the environment, the political will and industrial support, – said the director of the Zoological Society of London, Ken Norris.

Protect the environment can be, reducing the consumption of meat . This will reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.


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