Overall, the report, which tracks more than 4,000 vertebrate species, found that deforestation and increased construction over land were the main contributors which led to a 68 percent drop in populations between 1970 and 2016.
The study warned that the more wildlife populations decline, the more harmful it will be for humanity’s future.
One such issue will be the increase in zoonotic diseases – viruses which can be passed on from animals to humans, like COVID-19 – as we continue to encroach on their territory.
WWF International director general Marco Lambertini told AFP: “It’s an accelerating decrease that we’ve been monitoring for 30 years and it continues to go in the wrong direction.
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