Populations of wild animals have plummeted 58 percent in the past four decades as humans have pushed them into ever-smaller habitats or killed them for food and financial gain, according to a new report from a leading environmental group.
World Wildlife Fund researchers said the losses could be reversed over the 21st century by systematically factoring the value of nature into how we produce and consume goods and services, as well as adopting farming methods that work with ecosystems rather than against or in spite of them.
WWF compiled data on more than 14,000 populations of 3,706 vertebrate species for the latest edition of its biennial Living Planet Report and found that global populations of amphibians, birds, fishes, mammals, and reptiles sank by an average of 58 percent between 1970 and 2012. These populations could drop another 9 percent by 2020 based on current trends, the report stated.
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Doesn't look good for homo sapiens.
We seem to be faced with one of two possible outcomes:
1. Don't change, and die; or
2. Change, but it will make our lives so miserable we'd rather be dead.
Of course, the 1% of the 1% of the 1% have another alternative - leave the earth to live somewhere else. They are the only ones who can afford to do so.