Well over half the world’s population of vertebrates, from fish to birds to mammals, have been wiped out in the past four decades, says a new report from the World Wildlife Fund. Between 1970 and 2014, there was 60 per cent decline, on average, among 16,700 wildlife populations around the world according to the 2018 edition of the Living Planet Report released Monday.
“We’ve had a loss of nearly two-thirds, on average, of our wild species,” said James Snider, vice-president of science, research and innovation for WWF-Canada. “The magnitude of that should be eye opening… We really are reaching a point where we’re likely to see species go extinct…
These reports all blame climate change, but I recently read that 40% of dead seabirds and fish contained plastic. I don’t buy into the climate change stuff, the true reason for this serious mass extinction event is an explosion of human activity, including overfishing, deforestation and pesticide use, and corrupt third world countries who’ve been paid millions to recycle plastic but are in reality dumping it by the ton into the sea.