Earth’s vertebrates decline 58% in past four decades

From 1970 to 2012 there has been a 58 per cent decline in monitored vertebrate populations, with an average annual decline of two per cent per year. Terrestrial vertebrate populations have dwindled 38 per cent since 1970, marine vertebrates are down 36 per cent and populations of freshwater aquatic vertebrates have shrunk by a staggering 81 per cent.

Activities such as deforestation, poaching and human-induced climate change are in large part to blame for the decline. If the trend continues, then by 2020 the world will have lost two-thirds of its vertebrate biodiversity, according to the Living Planet Report 2016. There is no sign yet that this rate will decrease!

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Sadly all life on Earth depends on rich biodiversity to survive so these are really troubling figures for all life!

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