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Conservation: Latest 'Living Planet' Report Reveals Some Worrying Figures

The latest 'Living Planet' report, published by WWF, has revealed some very worrying statistics. The most shocking, and the one that stood out to me more than any other, was that global vertebrate populations have declined by 58% since 1970. In other words, in just over 40 years, we have lost over half of all birds, mammals, fish, amphibians and reptiles. And by 2020, this figure is expected to have risen to around 67%.

These statistics are calculated using WWFs LPI (Living Planet Index), which is a measure of biodiversity based on scientific data from 14,152 monitored populations of almost 4,000 vertebrate species. And this data showed the dramatic decline mentioned above.

This, of course, is very concerning. In fact, when I first came across these statistics, I was shocked at how these could possibly be true. So what is to blame for this decline in global wildlife?

The report names habitat loss and degradation, species overexploitation, pollution, invasive species and disease a…