Wild abandoned: report paints grim picture of species in freefall

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Wild abandoned: report paints grim picture of species in freefall

Populations have been plummeting since 1970, says a WWF survey of our devastating affects on biodiversity

Senior features writer

Wildlife populations have declined by 68% since 1970, largely due to “the very same environmental destruction which is contributing to the emergence of zoonotic diseases such as Covid-19”, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) warned in its Living Planet Report 2020.

Mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish are among the populations that have plummeted, according to the report, released on Thursday.

The decline of wildlife populations found in freshwater habitats was the worst of all the biomes, at 84% – equal to 4% a year since 1970...

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