Humanity Has Wiped Out 60% Of The Animals On Earth Since 1970… – Eco Snippets

Humanity Has Wiped Out 60% Of The Animals On Earth Since 1970…

Humanity Has Wiped Out 60% Of The Animals On Earth Since 1970...

Scientists from around the world issued a stark warning to humanity Tuesday in a semi-annual report on the Earth’s declining biodiversity, which shows that about 60 percent of mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles have been wiped out by human activity since 1970.

The World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet Index details how human’s uncontrolled over consumption of land, food, and natural resources has eliminated a majority of the wildlife on the planet—threatening human civilization as well as the world’s animals.

“We are sleepwalking towards the edge of a cliff,” Mike Barrett, executive director of science and conservation at WWF, told the Guardian. “If there was a 60 percent decline in the human population, that would be equivalent to emptying North America, South America, Africa, Europe, China, and Oceania. That is the scale of what we have done.”

Killer whales were named as one species that is in grave danger of extinction due to exposure to chemicals used by humans, and the Living Index Report highlighted freshwater species and animal populations in Central and South America as being especially affected by human activity in the past five decades.

“Species population declines are especially pronounced in the tropics, with South and Central America suffering the most dramatic decline, an 89 percent loss compared to 1970,” reads the report. “Freshwater species numbers have also declined dramatically, with the Freshwater Index showing an 83% decline since 1970.”

Destruction of wildlife habitats is the leading human-related cause of extinction, as people around the world are now using about three-quarters of all land on the planet for agriculture, industry, and other purposes, according to the report.

Mass killing of animals for food is the second-largest cause of extinction, according to the report, with 300 mammal species being “eaten into extinction.”

“It is a classic example of where the disappearance is the result of our own consumption,” Barrett told the Guardian.

The report stresses a need to that shift away from the notion that wildlife must be protected simply for the sake of ensuring that future generations can see species like elephants, polar bears, and other endangered animals in the wild.

Rather, the survival of the planet’s ecosystems is now a matter of life and death for the human population, according to the WWF.

“Nature contributes to human wellbeing culturally and spiritually, as well as through the critical production of food, clean water, and energy, and through regulating the Earth’s climate, pollution, pollination and floods,” Professor Robert Watson, who contributed to the report, told the Guardian. “The Living Planet report clearly demonstrates that human activities are destroying nature at an unacceptable rate, threatening the wellbeing of current and future generations.”

“Nature is not a ‘nice to have’ – it is our life-support system,” added Barrett.

Many scientists believe that studies like that of the WWF demonstrate that a sixth mass extinction is now underway—a theory that would mean the Earth could experience its first mass extinction event caused by a single species inhabiting the planet. The loss of all life on Earth could come about due to a combination of human-caused effects, including a rapidly warming planet as well as the loss of biodiversity.

“The Great Acceleration, and the rapid and immense social, economic and ecological changes it has spurred, show us that we are in a period of great upheaval,” reads the study. “Some of these changes have been positive, some negative, and all of them are interconnected. What is increasingly clear is that human development and wellbeing are reliant on healthy natural systems, and we cannot continue to enjoy the former without the latter.” – Article By Julia Conley / Creative Commons / Common Dreams

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Humans are a plague on this earth.

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like Rush says,… if you want ti increase their numbers,…. put them on the menu !

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This is the 3 different post of seen of this . All have different % . Considering most fish eat fish they would eat more fish then us . And considering the amount of coal and oil I’d say nature killed more animals then us

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    Cris Ward, read about a system called the ecosystem of the earth.

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    Paal Danielsen what’s that got to do with this post ? Dinosaurs were once part of the eco system and seems the world goes on without them

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    How many people we killed in this time?

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    Adi Zonga what’s that got to do with anything ?

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    “”Considering most fish eat fish they would eat more fish then us .””
    WTF are you going on about? We had wiped out 50% of all animals by 2015, and we are headed to 75% by 2020.

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    Tommy Barlow like i said animals kill more animals then us . Next you be saying we killed the dinosaurs ?

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    Cris Ward – Are you sure about that? Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year by humans, and our actions have caused over half the fish in the sea to disappear.

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    Tommy Barlow what’s your point . Oh I see your vegan , you have no point

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    Cris Ward, as far as I can see, the fish in the oceans has noting to do with vegans.

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    Cris Ward, sorry, – but you acts like a dinosaur.

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    Paal Danielsen Bro look in the mirror . You look like a dinosaur

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    I am a dinosaur ?

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Last time I checked invertibrates where part of the animal kingdom. To bad Ecosnippets hasn’t figure that out and yet they what to give BS stories like this.

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    What are you going on about? The 60% of animals the WWF is talking about, includes fish, birds, amphibians, mammals, . And yes, invertebrates have been devastated.

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    Coral reefs contain at least 25% of all marine species, including fish, mollusks, worms, crustaceans, echinoderms, sponges, tunicates.
    https://bgr.com/2018/01/04/coral-reef-climate-change-global-warming-mankind-is-so-screwed/

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    Tommy Barlow obviously you one of those individuals who has very limited reading comprehension. The article states 60% of all animals. Then quotes a study that only looked at vertebrates in one area of the world. So number one the title is incorrect and the journal article is extremely flawed because the animal kingdom includes the very limited number of vertebrates and includes the very extensive invertebrates. Since its impossible to determine the total number animal species how can they determine its 60 % of all animals.

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    I don’t know how scientists do things but I’m guessing that when they say 60% they probably mean of the “known” animal population. Last I checked science didn’t include fiction. And until those animals you’re talking about in “total” number of animals are discovered, to science they are fantasy.

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    Josh Terry invertebrates aren’t fantasy last I check.
    Stick to fixing cars.

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    crazy post . There are estimated 1000000000000000 ants in the world . That’s just ants . Are they saying we killed half of those ?

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    Last time I looked ants were classed as insects, it specifically
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    “mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles have been wiped out ”

    Good idea to actually read the piece before commenting

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    Julian Lewis it says 60% of animals. The point is Ecosnippets is to stupid and the report they are going off of is so moronic not to know that invertebrates are animals also. They’re are an estimated 6 million species of undocumented species of animals. Now if they wanted to make a statement of 60% of vertebrates since 1970 they might have a leg to stand on but since most journals disagree I doubt that statement holds water.
    I think you and Ecosnippets need a better understanding of biology before you guys post anything.

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    How many people did we killed in the same time? I don’t see that numbers here.

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In the very first paragraph the article specifically states 60% of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. That means that 60% of the vertebrates on the face of the earth have been wiped out of existence. The primary cause of that can be traced to one animal, Homo sapiens. No calculations of the loss of invertebrates was given nor need be though I would guess it is also rather high. The loss of habitat through deforestation; slash & burn; encroaching development is apparent and often very visible but difficult to fix a specific percentage too. Poaching in Africa and Asia has taken a tremendous toll on animals from elephants and rhinos to pangolins. Licensed and unlicensed hunting takes its toll. Illegal and legal trapping, poison baiting, etc. also takes a toll. Defoliants, herbicides, and pesticides accumulate in the environment and often move up the food chain to effect top predators such as eagles.

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Well I just ate 400 shrimp , 1 dozen oysters and 100 white bait . They tasted good to

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60%?? That cannot be true…

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