Every second year, WWF publishes a Living Plantet Report to inform us about the current state of our common Earth and the species that lives here.
They recently published this years report, and the results are worrying. The scientist behind the report have developed their results based on 14.000 populations of 3.700 different species. Here are some of the findings:
- From 1970 to 2012 the populations decreased with approximately 58 percent.
- This means that the worlds animal population is more than halved in just over 40 years.
- If the development continues like today, we will face a world in 2020 where 2/3 of all the animals on Earth will be extinct.
These are gruesome prospects, and we don't even know the full impact this would have on the biodiversity as a whole, only that it will have an significant impact to the worse.
Sir David Attenborough spoke at the WWF launch of the report, you could see the speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAqSeVY0mH4&feature=youtu.be
To read the full report, you can visit this site: http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/all_publications/lpr_2016/ and if you want to read the summary you can follow this link http://awsassets.panda.org/downloads/lpr_living_planet_report_2016_summary.pdf