Global vertebrate population declined 60% since 1970

Bern: The global populations of vertebrates — mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles — have declined by 60 per cent since 1970, according to a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report. The “Living Planet Report of the Global Fund for Nature” collects the most recent data from the Living Planet Index (LPI), which has analysed the status of 16,704 wildlife populations of 4,005 vertebrate species between 1970 and 2014, reports Efe news.

Among the groups of animals studied, the most affected have been those living in fresh water, which show an 83 per cent reduction since 1970 and they have the “highest extinction rate” in the 20th century among vertebrates worldwide.

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