Global wildlife population halved in four decades: Report

Raising huge concerns over the safety and survival chances of wildlife, a new report has revealed that global wild animal population has been halved in 40 years.

Updated: Sep 30, 2014, 20:06 PM IST
Global wildlife population halved in four decades: Report

Zee Media Bureau

London: Raising huge concerns over the safety and survival chances of wildlife, a new report has revealed that global wild animal population has been halved in 40 years.

The study, which was carried out by the London Zoological Society (ZSL), said that the global loss of species is even worse than previously thought.

In its new Living Planet Index, the London Zoological Society said that populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by an average of 52 percent, while populations of freshwater species have suffered an even worse fall of 76 percent, the BBC reported.

The team at the zoological society said they've improved their methodology since their last report two years ago, but the results are even more alarming. The new report showed a 52 percent decline in wildlife between 1970 and 2010, far more than earlier estimates of 30 percent.

The report shows that the biggest recorded threat to biodiversity comes from the combined impacts of habitat loss and degradation, driven by what WWF calls unsustainable human consumption.

The report notes that the impacts of climate change are becoming of increasing concern - although the effect of climate change on species until now is disputed.

(With Agency Inputs)