Since 1970, non-human animal populations have declined by 30%. Photo: Photo8.com via flickr.
If you regularly follow what often seems like a never-ending string of reports talking about how biodiversity is declining around the planet and the bad impact this will have on humanity, whether we want to admit it or not, this may seem like an 'I told you so' moment... A new report in Science details how well world governments have done in meeting targets set out in the 2002 Convention on Biological Diversity and the the results are decidedly not good.
Areas covered by mangroves and sea grass have declined by 20% in the past forty years. Photo: Tantyana Temirbulatova via flickr.
Living coral reef now covers 40% less area than in did in 1970. Photo: Jon Hanson via flickr.
Paper lead author, Dr Stuart Butchart of the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre:
Our analysis shows that governments have failed to deliver on the commitments they made in 2002: Biodiversity is being lost as fast as ever, and we have made little headway in reducing the pressures on species, habitats and ecosystems.
Our data show that 2010 will not be the year that biodiversity loss was halted, but it needs to be the year in which we start taking the issue seriously and substantially increase our efforts to take care of what is left of our planet.
After compiling over 30 indicators measuring different aspects of global biodiversity, the researchers not only saw no signs of significant declines in biodiversity loss, but the pressures on ecosystems leading to species loss continue to increase.
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