52% of global wildlife ‘gone’ in past 40 years: WWF

According to WWF, humans have decimated half of the world’s wildlife in the past four decades – we’re also very close to killing off our own species.

The conservation group’s Living Planet Report, published every two years, says humankind’s demands are now 50% more than nature can bear, with trees being felled, groundwater pumped and carbon dioxide emitted faster than Earth can recover.

“This damage is not inevitable but a consequence of the way we choose to live,” says Ken Norris, Director of Science at the Zoological Society of London, in a statement. However, there is still hope to save the remaining wildlife if politicians and businesses take the right action to protect nature, says the report.

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