The Wall Street Journal published a recent article concerning decline in wildlife populations worldwide. Scientist from groups such as the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London report the downward spike in wildlife numbers is worse than they had previously thought.
It seems from 1970 to 2010, the overall animal population of animals fell 52 percent. This is a horrible rate of decline. Key factors sited for land, rivers and oceans, are habitat destruction, commercial fishing, hunting and climate change.
Of course, humans have a role in all of it. A previous report from 2012 put the rate of decline at 28 percent.
And while the animal population plummets on planet Earth, the human population continues to expand. And this sentence from the WSJ article offers a stark warming: “With the planet’s population expected to swell by 2.4 billion people by 2050, the challenge of providing enough food, water and energy will be difficult.”
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The World Wildlife Fund reports Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has pledged to work on ending the ivory trade in her country. A petition calling for this move was signed by more than 1.5 million people.
The WWF quotes the Prime Minister as saying –
As a next step we will forward amending the national legislation with the goal of putting an end on ivory trade and to be in line with international norms.
The WWF also called Thailand the “world’s largest unregulated ivory market.” So this decision could really save the lives of many endangered elephants.
We can only hope this happens – very soon. Evil acts of greed like this need to be fought everywhere.
Earlier today, the World Wildlife Fund announced it has revamped its website, which features new page for 90 species and subspecies.
You can also look through a list of endangered species.
This is an important organization that fights for wildlife and wildlife habitat, at a time when greed – worldwide – is a huge problem. Greed is eating away at habitat and the environment and the climate.