El gráfico muestra el descenso en las poblaciones de animales silvestres a nivel global y el Índice Planeta Vivo por región.


Poblaciones silvestres globales en caída libre

By Jordi Bou

September 10, 2020 - Las poblaciones de animales silvestres han disminuido más de dos terceras partes en menos de 50 años mientras la humanidad lleva los sistemas de soporte vital del planeta al borde, según un informe del grupo de conservación WWF.

On average, global populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles plunged by 68% between 1970 and 2016, according to the WWF and Zoological Society of London (ZSL)’s biennial Living Planet Report 2020.

The analysis tracked global data on 20,811 populations of 4,392 vertebrate species monitored by conservation scientists in habitats across the world.

Latin America and the Caribbean recorded the most alarming drop, with an average fall of 94% in vertebrate wildlife populations.

Africa and the Asia Pacific region have also experienced large falls in the abundance of species, dropping 65% and 45% respectively

The decline was clear evidence of the damage human activity is doing to the natural world, said Dr Andrew Terry, ZSL director.

Scientists say the rapid pace of deforestation is also a major factor in the spread of zoonotic diseases – which are passed from animals to humans – including the new coronavirus.

PUBLISHED: 10/09/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press