According to researchers from WWF and the Zoological Society of London in just two years’ time, the World will have lost two-thirds of all wild animals and insects.
This amazing statistic from The Living Planet Index goes on: The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.
The latest species under stress is the wonderful North American monarch butterfly.
A new report by The Xerces Society claim the number of monarchs wintering in California has dropped to a five-year low, despite more volunteers counting more sites in search of the orange-and-black insect that is arguably the most admired of North American butterflies, a report said on Friday.
The latest tally of 200,000 monarchs in forested groves in California’s central coast has dropped from the 1.2 million counted two decades ago, indicating the number of butterflies found west of the Rocky Mountains, or the so-called western population, continues to sharply decline, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation said in a report.
Thanks to the efforts of many, this year’s WMTC tallied a total of 192,629 monarchs.
This is the lowest number counted since 2012, despite volunteers visiting nearly twice as many sites as they did that year.
The total represents less than one-sixth of the 1.2 million monarchs recorded in 1997, the first year of the WMTC, and is part of a long-term downward trend in the population of monarchs overwintering in California.
A study led by Cheryl Schultz, of Washington State University Vancouver, analyzed WMTC data and comparable historical data and demonstrated a dramatic population decline of over 95% the since the 1980s.
This is similar to the decline of over 80% seen in the monarch population that overwinters in central Mexico since the 1990s.
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In just two years’ time, the World will have lost two-thirds of all wild animals.
The world is creaking under the stress; crops are failing all over the world due to extreme weather, and with 7.5 billion people we can’t possibly feed everyone, even though the West probably throw’s away enough food to feed the poorest.
In 1970, there were roughly half as many people in the world as there are now. We will hit 8 billion people within the next 8 years.