Biodiversity has declined by more than a quarter in the last 35 years.
The Living Planet Index (LPI) shows a decline of 52 per cent between 1970 and 2010.
That's not good news.
In general terms, population growth and our consumption are the reasons for this enormous loss. Specifically, habitat destruction and wildlife trade are the major causes of population decline in species.
- plucked and
- flowers and
- status symbols,
- building materials and
And this over-exploitation (hunting, fishing
) is currently totally unsustainable.
Adding to the pressure is Climate Change - the full effects and impacts on Biodiversity and how life may (or may not) adapt is still very much an unknown quantity.