This is the 'last generation' that can save nature, WWF says

This is the last generation that can save nature - WWF

This is the last generation that can save nature - WWF

The Living Planet Report, published every two years, aims to assess the state of the world's wildlife. "The Living Planet report clearly demonstrates that human activities are destroying nature at an unacceptable rate, threatening the well being of current and future generations".

The report has pointed out that an worldwide biodiversity assessment earlier this year had noted that only a quarter of land on Earth is substantively free of human activities.

Marco Lambertini, director general of the WWF, said: 'Our planet is at a crossroads and we have the opportunity to decide the path ahead.

The benefits provided by wildlife and nature are not just things that are "nice to have", the report's authors stress.

The findings of the 2018 Living Planet Report are based on the "Living Planet Index" that tracked the trends of no less than 16,704 populations of 4,005 vertebrate species over the past 40 years.

"From the supply of raw materials, water, food, medicines and energy, to the pollination of crops, formation of soils and protection from floods, storms, and erosion, the planet's natural systems provide a range of vital services that underpin production, trade, livelihoods, and consumption in every country", the report states. The report further goes on to identify the two key drivers of biodiversity loss - over exploitation of resources and agriculture, attributing 75% of species loss since 1500AD to these two factors.

It's bad enough that humans are killing ourselves, but by bulldozing forests, choking oceans, and poisoning air, we're also killing the plants, animals, and ecosystems that help sustain us.

As well, a Living Planet Freshwater Index showed an 83 per cent decline in freshwater species since 1970.

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A new report from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) adds to the deluge of recent horrifying environmental news about the increasing pressure of climate change and extinctions that are happening at such a pace that nature can not keep up.

He added that Pakistan is no different; we are losing our unique habitats and our wildlife at an alarming rate. "It's not just elephants, freshwater dolphins and rhinos, but Canadian wildlife too", Megan Leslie, WWF-Canada president and CEO, said in a release.

A 190 per cent rise in ecological footprint or consumption of natural resources was recorded in the past 50 years.

Additional sources of pressure on nature are - invasive pollution, dams, fires, mining, and climate change.

This year's report cited population increases of pandas, dolphins, and gorillas as positive signs of environmental work in action, and credited legal frameworks like the US Endangered Species Act with helping listed species avoid extinction.

The world's nations are working towards a crunch meeting of the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity in 2020, when new commitments for the protection of nature will be made. The U.N. warned climate change poses "an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet" that will "require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society".

"We are rapidly running out of time", said Prof Johan Rockström, a global sustainability expert at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.

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