Wildlife populations are seeing ‘catastrophic’ rapid declines


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Wildlife populations across the world have declined drastically over the past 50 years

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Global wildlife populations are declining rapidly, according to the 2020 Living Planet Report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The report reveals that global populations of mammals, birds,
amphibians, reptiles and fish have fallen an average of 68 per cent globally since 1970, declining at a rate faster than previously predicted.

“Let’s be clear: this is catastrophic,” says Mark Wright at the WWF in the UK. “Despite ongoing verbal and written commitments by governments around the world and by businesses around the world to seriously address the …

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