Living Planet Report
✓The WWF’s Living Planet Report 2020 was recently released.
✓There has been a reduction of 68 % in the global wildlife population between 1970 and 2016.
✓75 % of the Earth’s ice-free land surface has already been significantly altered.
✓Most of the oceans are polluted.
✓More than 85% of the area of wetlands has been lost during this period.
✓The most important cause of biodiversity loss: Land-use change – conversion of pristine habitats into agricultural systems and oceans have been overfished.
✓The highest biodiversity loss due to land use change: (1) Europe and Central Asia at 57.9 %; (2) North America at 52.5 %; (3) Latin America and Caribbean at 51.2 %; (4) Africa at 45.9 %; (5) Asia at 43 %.
✓The largest wildlife population loss: Latin America at an alarming 94 %.
✓One of the most threatened biodiversity:Freshwater biodiversity (declining faster than that in oceans or forests).