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Species are dying out at a rate not seen since the demise of the dinosaurs, according to a report published today – and human behaviour is to blame. The Independent
Yes, the human footprint is to blame according to the Living Planet Index. The report, produced by WWF, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Global Footprint Network said that . . . while nature continues to decline, WWF research from 2006 concluded that we are now globally consuming about 25% more natural resources than the planet can replace in each year.
According to the report, wildlife and natural ecosystems are under pressure in every region of the world and the researchers identified five main threats.
The five main threats are:
- Habitat loss
- The spread of invasive species
- Climate change
And the perpetrator is:
Yes, the ultimate drivers of these threats are . . . you and me and our human demands on the biosphere.
The huge loss of biodiversity, as explained in the report, holds implications on many levels and James Leape, WWF’s director general, sums it up perfectly. The message is clear for all to see:
“No one can escape the impact of biodiversity loss because reduced global diversity translates quite clearly into fewer new medicines, greater vulnerability to natural disasters and greater effects from global warming.
I guess there’s nothing really new in this information . . . nothing that we aren’t already aware of to some level or other . . . but having it expertly acknowledged and explained will surely help us to face the challenge and reach beyond our superficial needs.
It would be to the benefit of all life on this bountiful planet if humans were to conserve the world’s biodiversity, not devour it.