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We’ve lost 60 per cent of wild animals since 1970—and it could get worse

There is no time to indulge in despair

By Mike Barrett  

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This week the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London published the world’s most comprehensive survey to date of the health of our planet. The news is not good: on average, global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles have declined by 58 per cent since 1970, with the decline projected to reach a scarcely-believable 67 per cent by the end of this decade.

The “Living Planet Report” provides conclusive evidence…

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