Earth is losing wildlife a faster rate than any time in history. This is according to the new "Living Planet Report" the World Wildlife Fund. The report says the global wildlife population shrank 60 per cent 1970 and 2014. The WWF warned that: "Earth is losing biodiversity a rate seen only mass extinctions." Researchers state that most the decline in our animal population is because of "exploding human consumption". There are more and more humans this planet. We are eating more, overfishing, cutting down trees beef production, consuming more, and using more energy and natural resources. This has resulted a massive loss of habitat for animals.
The report estimates that only a quarter the world's land has been untouched humans. This means human activity has greatly affected animals three-quarters of Earth's surface. Researchers tracked more than 4,000 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians. They say the loss animal life is worst in South and Central America. These regions saw an 89 per cent loss the population of vertebrates the past four decades. The WWF wrote: "The astonishing decline wildlife population...is a [depressing] reminder, and perhaps the ultimate indicator, of the pressure we [put] the planet." It warned: "We can be the generation that had its chance and failed to act; that let Earth slip .