(ORDO NEWS) — Since 1970, according to scientists, the population of wild animals on the planet has decreased by almost 70%. They also talked about what exactly provoked such a sharp extinction of animals on Earth.
In recent decades, a large number of animals began to die out in all biomes – in forests, deserts, oceans. In addition, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish began to disappear. Their population has decreased by two thirds in 50 years.
Scientists say that humanity could see a sixth mass extinction. It will be bigger than all that happened after the dinosaurs disappeared on Earth.
The reason for this is people. To correct the situation, it is necessary to significantly reduce carbon emissions, which in turn provokes global warming. Environmentalists urged world leaders to do so.
This report shows that the Caribbean region, including the Amazon, and Latin America have experienced the greatest declines in animal populations.
The indicator for 48 years reaches the mark of 94%. This was told by Tanya Steele, who holds the position of executive director of the World Wildlife Fund of Great Britain.
Africa is in second place in this sad ranking. During the last 50 years, about 66% of the population species became extinct.
In Asia and the Pacific region, the figure is 55%. In North America, populations decreased by 20%, and in Central Asia and Europe by 18%.
Conducted studies by specialists demonstrate that changes in land use have a huge impact on mass extinction.
Animals cannot fully move through the land landscape, which is constantly changing and is blocked not only by infrastructure, but also by agricultural land.
To date, only 37% of rivers remain free along their entire length.
Scientists have made extremely unpleasant predictions for the future. Humanity will not be able to avoid this mass extinction.
It will be most reflected in Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, the Albertine Rift, the Amazon basin, and the mountains of the Eastern Arc located in East Africa.
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