Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend: How To Watch
SpaceX launches satellite for Qatar
Climate change: United Kingdom report suggests drastic reduction of sheep and cattle numbers
What's New With "Dark Matter Hurricane" November 15th, 2018 Update
Giant meteorite crater ‘bigger than Paris’ found beneath Greenland
Earth's Wild Animal Population Plummets 60 Per Cent In 44 Years: WWF
30 October 2018, 06:28 | Edward Lowe
In Canada, mammal populations dropped by 43 per cent, amphibian and reptile populations dropped by 34 per cent, fish populations dropped by 20 per cent, and some types of birds have lost between 43 and 69 per cent of their populations.
Internationally, the organization found that wildlife population declines are especially significant in the tropics, with an 89 per cent loss reported in South and Central America and the Caribbean since 1970.
The organisation's Living Planet Report 2018 says nine out of 10 of the world's seabirds are thought to have plastic in their stomachs, while by 2050 only one tenth of the planet's land will be free from human impact.
"This report sounds a warning shot across our bow".
Human activity is at the core of this wildlife crisis according to the WWF with overconsumption resulting in a loss or degradation of wildlife habitat which exacerbates climate change. Food and medicines, it says, all rely on natural resources.
The organisation calls for world leaders to reach "the most ambitious worldwide agreement yet" to curb biodiversity loss, emphasising that the world faces a "rapidly closing window for action an an unparalleled opportunity as we head into the year 2020".
"And this is when the world should embrace a new global deal for nature and people, as we did in Paris, and truly demonstrate the path we are choosing for people and the planet", Lambertini urged.
WWF UK Chief Executive Tanya Steele added in a statement, "We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it".
To drive home just how devastating this is, Professor Bob Watson who is a chair of an intergovernmental panel on biodiversity said that the destruction of nature is as unsafe a climate change, stressing that wildlife and the ecosystems are essential to human life.
"If we want a world with orangutans and puffins, clean air and enough food for everyone, we need urgent action from our leaders and a new global deal for nature and people that kick starts a global program of recovery".
"The situation is really bad, and it keeps getting worse", WWF International Director-General Marco Lambertini told AFP. "Natural systems essential to our survival - forests, oceans, and rivers - remain in decline", he said.
He said global warming also plays a role.
Rahane, Kishan star in India C's Deodhar triumph
Save Jaydev Unadkat (3/52), who used variations to good effect on a batting track, the other B team bowlers leaked a lot of runs. But, his dismissal, at the wrong time ensured that India "C" won the big final quite comfortably by 29 runs to clinch the title.
"The CBD is failing", he said.
It also encouraged a deal to be struck at the 75th United Nations General Assembly in 2020.
African elephant populations in Tanzania have declined by 60% between 2009 and 2014, mostly due to poaching for their ivory.
Deforestation in Borneo, created to make way for timber and palm oil plantations, led to the loss of 100,000 orangutans between 1999 and 2015, the report estimated.
Polar bear numbers are projected to decline by 30% by 2050, as climate change melts the Arctic ice and reduces their ability to hunt seals, find mates and rear their young.
The WWF attributed the global drop in animal populations to habitat loss, due to agriculture and over-exploitation of species.
Thousands feel 6.1-magnitude natural disaster in New Zealand
Fire and Emergency New Zealand said there had been no reports of damage and there is no tsunami risk, according to civil defence. The 6.2 magnitude quake struck 25km southwest of Taumarunui around 3.13pm at a depth of 207km, according to GeoNet.
2 bound bodies found in NYC were missing Virginia sisters
Tala was initially reported missing to the police but the search was called off after it was discovered she was with her sister. Two women were found next to the Hudson River on the Upper West Side of the Manhattan borough of New York City on October 24.
Nicki Minaj wants to end Cardi B feud
Make sense what you talkin'! " You lie so much you can't keep up with your f**king lies", Cardi said. Rah said it looked like she was going to put her hand on me.
Tesla Faces Criminal Probe Over Model 3 Production Claims
This vehicle maker has made a record of $311.5m in only three months, with the increase in the pace of deliveries of the cars . The company on Wednesday reported an "historic" profitable quarter driven by demand for the mass-market Model 3.
Broncos' Demaryius Thomas Says It's "50-50" He'll Be Traded
He has started all eight games for the 3-5 Broncos this season, recording 36 receptions for 402 yards and three touchdowns. Asked if he believes someone should have talked to him, he added: "It should have never got out, to tell you the truth".
ABB to build $150m robot factory in China with a digital twin
ABB will also be able to combine this expanded portfolio of robotics into an nearly limitless number of tailored solutions. The move is a part of ABB's latest attempt to hold its place as the country's largest manufacturer of industrial robots.