As a result of the destruction of habitats and ecosystems that support rich biodiversity, the globe has been going through a period of rapid extinction over the course of the previous half-century.
The (WWF) has just released a new study that details the devastating decline in animal populations that has occurred since 1970. According to their most recent Living Planet Study 2022, the agricultural techniques of today (mono-culture) and other harmful human activities are fast degrading natural ecosystems and displacing animals, which ultimately leads to disastrous losses for diversification and animal populations.
The number of wild animals has decreased by 69%, putting thousands of species on the brink of extinction.
The scope of the study included more than 5,000 distinct animal species, including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish, as well as 32,000 distinct animal communities.
According to the findings of the survey, the number of animal populations has decreased by 69% over the course of the last 50 years! There has been a decline of almost 2/3 of animal populations in Africa. It has been estimated that there has been a reduction of 18% in the animal population in Europe. The disaster has caused a loss of animal populations equivalent to twenty percent in North America and fifty-five percent in Asia.
The largest losses are happening across Latin America and the Caribbean; wildlife populations have collapsed by 94% in these places. The greatest loss is unfolding in Central America and across the Caribbean. There are now millions of plant and animal species that are in danger of being extinct.
The director general for WWF International, Marco Lambertini, said that the whole organization is “very alarmed” by the new findings. According to him, the data demonstrates “a terrible reduction in animal populations,”, particularly in tropical areas, which are host to a number of the richest biodiverse ecosystems in the world.
This includes heated water corals, which have seen their areas reduced by half over the course of the last 50 years.