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Nature pushed to the brink by 'runaway consumption'

01 November 2018

"Our life style is Smoking like a Chain, and binge drinking at the expense of the planet", said Jörg-Andreas Krüger from the WWF to the twelfth edition of the for the first time 20 years ago, published Reports.

More than 80 per cent of freshwater populations have vanished, with freshwater fish accounting for a higher rate of extinction than any other vertebrate.

Canadian wildlife are not exempt from a "global biodiversity crisis" that is devastating worldwide animal populations, according to a stark new report by the World Wildlife Fund. "We've had a loss of almost two-thirds, on average, of our wild species", said James Snider, vice-president of science, research and innovation for WWF-Canada. As the main cause of this "serious decline in biodiversity", the WWF puts its focus on the "uncontrolled" patterns of human consumption, which it says is "responsible" for the over exploitation of ecosystems and agriculture, as well as of pollution, invasive species and diseases as well as climate change.

"Exploding human consumption is the driving force behind the unprecedented planetary change we are witnessing, through the increased demand for energy, land and water", the report said.

The report, which comes out every two years, presents a sobering picture of the impact of human activity on the world's wildlife, forests, oceans, rivers and climate.

The report based on the ongoing survey of more than 4,000 species spread over 16,700 populations suggest that that situation is awful right now and it is getting worse with the increase in our unbridled consumption.

Loucks said of those monitored, freshwater species are experiencing the "most worrying decline at 83 percent".

Calling the wildlife and the ecosystem "vital to human life", the current chairman of an intergovernmental panel on biodiversity and world's most eminent environmental scientists said, "destruction of nature is as unsafe as climate change".

Measured by weight, or biomass, wild animals today only account for four percent of mammals on Earth, with humans (36%) and livestock (60%) making up the rest.

The report tracks more than 16,000 populations and 4,000 species through the Living Planet Index provided by the Zoological Society of London. "Wildlife around the world continue to dwindle", Carter Roberts, President and CEO of WWF-US, said in a statement.

WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini said the impact of unsustainable production models and wasteful lifestyles could not be ignored any longer. Sounding a grim warning, officials at the global conservation body said that humanity needs to "change course" before it is too late.

The report authors suggest three steps for improvement and called on decision-makers at every level to take action.

The whale shark population in the Indo-Pacific is estimated to have fallen 63% over the last 75 years, and in the Atlantic by more than 30%, so that globally populations are thought to have fallen by more than 50% over the last 75 years.

"When you lose biodiversity and world becomes biologically and aesthetically a poorer place", Keith Somerville, a professor in human-wildlife conflict at Kent University, told NBC News.

Nature pushed to the brink by 'runaway consumption'