Animal populations have dropped by 60% according to Wildlife report

The Cerrado a vast tropical savanna ecoregion of Brazil is being cleared for soy monoculture

"A recent assessment found that only a quarter of land on Earth is substantively free of the impacts of human activities. While this is considered to be a maturing threat, some of the major factors responsible for the continuation of the decline of biodiversity is the overexploitation of species, deforestation, and agriculture", the report stated. What's more, the huge loss of animal life is also a threat to humanity and the planet, scientists say.

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.

Now, the WWF is saying an global deal in the vein of the Paris climate agreement is "essential" to address the issues facing both nature and humans.

However, a new study published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) shows that our desire for greater amounts of food, crop farming, and hunting has gone above and beyond what can be considered normal, threatening the planet's fragile ecosystem.

The Living Planet Index, which is contained in the report, indicates that, in the last 50 years, populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles, worldwide, have declined by 60% and the main drivers for this catastrophe are South and Central America.

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"This report sounds a warning shot across our bow". Freshwater species have also significantly fallen - 83 percent since 1970. Natural systems essential to our survival - forests, oceans, and rivers - remain in decline.

Life on earth is being wiped out by humans living beyond the planet's means according to a new report from conservation organisation WWF. "We are going to need your help to achieve it", said Prof.

But that is not the same as stripping 40% (or 60%) of wildlife from the planet. What is needed to change this is bold and well-defined goals and a credible set of actions. The group is pushing for 'a target that should be equivalent to the 2 degrees target (to limit global temperature rises) of the Paris agreement, and we still have to work out what the target is, ' Lambertini said. As the world looks toward the promise of 2020 - a year that will see global leaders coming together on climate, biodiversity and sustainable development - governments, communities, businesses and organizations must come together to deliver a comprehensive framework agreement for nature and people under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The welfare of up to 3 billion people who rely on wildlife to eat and work has reduced because of land degradation, and services relying on nature are worth around $125 trillion globally, the report said.

Mangroves, for example, trap nearly five times more carbon than tropical forests; crops partially pollinated by animals account for 35 per cent of the world's food production; and coral reefs protect around 200 million people against storm surges, according to the report.

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