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  • Lorelle VanFossen 12:25 pm on October 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ecology, economy, environment, global wildlife, habitat, human footprint, nature, , wildlife, world news   

    52% of Wildlife Stepped On by Human Footprint 

    The news rocked many people’s world this week when it was announced by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) that an estimated 52% of all wildlife on Earth has been lost in the past 40 years. CNN reported:

    The world’s animal population has halved in 40 years as humans put unsustainable demands on Earth, a new report warns.

    The World Wide Fund for Nature’s Living Planet Index, released Tuesday, revealed the dramatic decline in animal species, and said the trend could cost the world billions in economic losses.

    Humans need one and a half Earths to sustain their current demands, it said.

    The index, which draws on research around WWF’s database of 3,000 animal species, is released every two years. This year’s has the starkest warning yet of the risks associated with the decline of wildlife.

    The fund notes that it’s relying on a never-before-used methodology in this year’s report, “which aims to be more representative of global biodiversity.”

    The index showed shows a 52% decline in wildlife between 1970 and 2010, far more than earlier estimates of 30%. It is due to people killing too many animals for food and destroying their habitats.

    “We are eating into our natural capital, making it more difficult to sustain the needs of future generations,” the report said.

    The research is still being debated, but their numbers are meant to frighten.

    • 52% decline in wildlife between 1970 and 2010, far more than the 30% originally estimated
    • 76% of freshwater wildlife have disappeared
    • 39% decline of marine species and animals living on land
    • Central and South America shows the largest regional decline at 83%
    • Economic losses estimated up to $428 billion by 2050

    This issue is one complicated by human impact. Global warming, over-consumption, garbage, pollution, the list is long. They refer to this as the human footprint.

    This year’s project is dedicated to garbage, and garbage is part of the equation.

    Marco Lambertini, director general at WWF International, said in a statement. “Heads of state need to start thinking globally; businesses and consumers need to stop behaving as if we live in a limitless world.”

    The WWF recommends at the end of the report:

    1. Accelerate shift to smarter food and energy production
    2. Reduce ecological footprint through responsible consumption at the personal, corporate and government levels
    3. Value natural capital as a cornerstone of policy and development decisions

    For more information on this report and related materials:

     
  • Lorelle VanFossen 3:42 pm on September 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: albatross, , , , impact, nature, , , pollution, sea,   

    Garbology and Birds: Baby Albatross and Plastic [VIDEO] 

    The following short film is by Chris Jordan called “Midway: Message from the Gyre.”

    Called a “powerful visual,” the film goes to one of the remotest islands in the world for several years where tens of thousands of baby albatross die each year from trying to digest plastic from the Plastic Garbage Patch, where the garbage of the ocean gathers in the currents.

     
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