By David Doerr, Rainier
The “Scientific American” web site presents an article from E & E News, titled “Human Pressures Have Shrunk Wildlife Populations by 60 Percent,” that was penned by Scott Waldman, (10/ 31/ 18). Here is an excerpt:
“Humans have wiped out about 60 percent of the world’s wildlife populations in the last four decades, a new report has found.
“Over-exploitation of species, deforestation and agriculture use have destroyed key animal habitats around the planet from 1970 to 2014. And now, the growing threat from human-caused climate change is increasing pressure on animals, according to the World Wildlife Fund’s 2018 Living Planet report.
“’Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during mass extinctions,’ the report states.”
The article mentions a statistic that it would seem is directly related to the current migration crisis: “South and Central America are among the worst-hit areas, with animal species declining by 89 percent over the last five decades and freshwater species by 83 percent.”
Currently, the report further adds, 90 percent of seabirds have plastic in their stomachs.
With the number of people on the planet growing by one billion every approximately eleven years, and our planet’s wildlife declining at a rate that reverberates with mass extinctions, shouldn’t we hire some leaders?