Wildlife populations have been cut in half since 1970, WWF says

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The world’s wildlife populations have declined by more than 50 percent since 1970, according to a report published today by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). In its biennial Living Planet Report, the WWF finds that the largest declines have occurred in tropical and low-income regions, where biodiversity has suffered due to increasing resource demands from high-income countries.

“We’re gradually destroying our planet’s ability to support our way of life,” Carter Roberts, WWF president and CEO, said in a statement Tuesday. “But we already have the knowledge and tools to avoid the worst predictions. We all live on a finite planet and its time we started acting within those limits.”

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