The World Wildlife Fund recently released its Living Planet Report 2018, and the news is dire for the world’s wildlife. The following are a few of the sobering statistics highlighted in the report:
“OUR LIVING PLANET, AT A GLANCE
60% – Populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians have, on average, declined by 60% between 1970 and 2014, the most recent year with available data.
50% – The Earth is estimated to have lost about half of its shallow water corals in the past 30 years.
20% – A fifth of the Amazon has disappeared in just 50 years.
$125 trillion – Globally, nature provides services worth around $125 trillion a year, while also helping ensure the supply of fresh air, clean water, food, energy, medicines, and much more.”
We are not only destroying the natural world, we are also putting ourselves in peril. There’s not much time for humans to stand up for nature and develop concrete, sustainable plans to reduce and turn around the damage already done to wildlife and the planet.
Read the WWF’s Living Planet Report 2018 here.
Read our November Edition of News on the Wing here.
Some of the highlights in our September Edition include:
- Morty’s sage advice to Chiyome and flock
- Zack and Bubbles try to help mom with her spatial challenges
- The Trump Administration’s threat to weaken the Endangered Species Act
- A new search-a-word
- A collection of posts from around social media, including everyday heroes doing their part to save species, environments and habitats for future generations of wildlife and humans alike
Head on over to the blog to read these and many more interesting articles and posts!
Check out our September’ News on the Wing edition to catch up on bird and wildlife-related happenings over the last few weeks – like the following
Art my Fire –
“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, Their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go…” ~ Stephen King
: © Yoshinori Mizutani ‘kawau’ (Birds) Series
US interior secretary Ryan Zinke blames environmentalists for the devastation in California and calls for an increase in logging
A wildfire burns near Yosemite national park. Photograph: US forest service/Reuters
The US interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, has blamed environmentalists for California’s ferocious wildfires and claimed, contrary to scientific research, that climate change had “nothing to do” with them. Instead, he said the fires were worsened because of limits on logging.
“America is better than letting these radical groups control the dialogue about climate change,” Zinke told KCRA, a TV station in northern California, on Sunday. “Extreme environmentalists have shut down public access. They talk about habitat and yet they are willing to burn it up.”
His remarks come on the heels of a USA Today op-ed, published last week, where he held environmentalists partly responsible for the fires because of a stance some have taken against logging. Zinke described it as a responsible means of forest management and called for an increase in timber harvesting, adding that this would also be a boon for the economy.
“This is not a debate about climate change,” he said on a trip to the affected area, the Sacramento Bee reported. “There’s no doubt the [fire] season is getting longer, the temperatures are getting hotter.”
Read the full article here.