WWF Report Reveals 'Mass Extinction' Of Wildlife May Happen By 2020
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In an explosive report that is bound to shake the world's population to its core, experts have warned two thirds of wildlife could be extinct by 2020.
This all depends on whether or not action is taken soon.
WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) has revealed that between 1970 and 2012, there was a 58 percent decline in the numbers of fish, mammals, birds and reptiles worldwide. At its current rate, it will reach 67 percent by 2020.
If the report is true, it means that wildlife across the whole planet is vanishing at a rate of two percent a year. That is absolutely massive.
Martin Taylor, WWF conservation scientist, told CNN: "This is definitely human impact, we're in the sixth mass extinction. There's only been five before this and we're definitely in the sixth.
"It's because we're using so much of the planet and we're destroying so much of (these animals') habitat."
Speaking of our responsibility as a species, Taylor continued: "Governments (need) to take action to halt the slow death of the planet because it isn't just affecting wild species it's affecting us, too. This is a threat to our future as a species, what we're doing to the planet.
"We only have one planet if we screw it up then we're gone."
The shocking statistics are bound to scare pretty much everyone who reads it - but will we actually do anything to stop it?
Prof Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, wrote the foreword of the report. He said: "We are no longer a small world on a big planet. We are now a big world on a small planet, where we have reached a saturation point."
It sounds like this is the point of no return.
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