Earth's wild animal population plummets 60 per cent in 44 years: WWF

'The situation is really bad and it keeps getting worse', says WWF International Director General

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A Sumatran tiger licks a frozen blood lollipop on a hot summer day at the Bioparco zoo in Rome, Italy June 27, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS: "Runaway consumption" has decimated global wildlife, triggered a mass extinction and exhausted Earth's capacity to accommodate humanity's expanding appetites, the global conservation group WWF warned Tuesday.

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From 1970 to 2014, 60 per cent of all animals with a backbone - fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals - were wiped out by human appetites and activity, according WWF's "Living Planet" report, based on a survey of more than 4,000 species spread over 16,700 populations scattered across the globe.

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"The situation is really bad, and it keeps getting worse," WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini told AFP. "The only good news is that we know exactly what is happening."


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