Life on Earth is under threat. Animal populations have more than halved in the past 50 years

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Life on Earth is under threat. Over the past 50 years, animal populations have more than halved

Scientists believe that such loss of wildlife could be compared with the loss of all inhabitants Europe, America, Africa, Oceania and China combined.

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The World Wildlife Fund released a very disappointing Living Planet report. It says that the wildlife on the planet is inexorably disappearing, which in general endanger life on Earth, writes Express.

Researchers believe that the 2022 report is one of the most comprehensive in its history. This year, scientists have added over 800 new species, and just over 11,000 new populations compared to the 2020 report.

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The Living Planet report was based on data from the Zoological Society of London's Living Planet Index and offers a very bleak outlook for the world. So, according to estimates in the last 50 years alone, wild animal populations across the planet have declined by a total of 69%. However, in some individual populations, this figure even exceeds 90%.

According to the researchers, animals that live in tropical regions, such as the Caribbean and Latin America, are most susceptible to climate change and other factors. In these regions, the average size of the population of wild animals has decreased over the past half century by a record 94%.

According to Auricelia Arapiun, leader of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of the Tapajos Arapiun in the Brazilian Amazon, the loss of wildlife in their region is simply colossal. If earlier locals met armadillos daily, now they no longer catch the eye. He also noted that due to the destruction of the Amazon forests, local residents are faced with attacks by jaguars – having lost their usual habitat, these predators attack villages.

Life on Earth is under threat. Animal populations have more than halved in the past 50 years

Life on Earth is under threat. Over the past 50 years, animal populations have more than halved

Another disappointing indicator was the statistics of Australian sea lion cubs – their number since 1970 decreased by 64%. Populations of oceanic sharks and rays have suffered similar losses – over the past 50 years, their numbers have decreased by 74%.

According to researchers from the World Wildlife Fund, the planet is on the verge of disaster. Climate and natural crises are not distant threats that can be solved with the help of new technologies. In fact, the nature of the Earth is already on its knees and human activities can lead to catastrophic consequences.

Scientists say that every year we lose about 10 million hectares of forests, which is comparable to the area of ​​Portugal. And this, alas, is not the limit. Scientists also summed up the losses among wildlife and noted that the damage caused to the animal world could be compared with the losses of all the inhabitants of Europe, America, Africa, Oceania and China combined.