Human activity has decimated 60% of animal populations since 1970

Humans are wiping out life of earth says WWF with many species in danger of disappearing

In its Living Planet Report, which the animal charity publishes every two years, the WWF said that three-quarters of the world had now been impacted by humans with safe havens for animal populations dwindling.

The report suggests that this generation may be the last who can can act to reverse the trend.

The Paris Agreement, negotiated under the United Nations convention on climate change, also set a clear target: global warming must be held to "well below" 2C, and 1.5C if possible. Vertebrates in the report include mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles.

". Science has never been clearer about the consequences of our impact", Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International said his statement that accompanied the report.

Wildlife and the ecosystems are vital to human life, said Prof Bob Watson, one of the world's most eminent environmental scientists and now chair of an intergovernmental panel on biodiversity that said in March that the destruction of nature is as unsafe as climate change.

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Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60 per cent since 1970. "'A global deal" worldwide action is needed over the next two years in order to stem the tide of natural destruction, the organization noted, urging world governments and businesses to strike a deal similar to the 2016 Paris agreement for climate change.

The issue at the crux of biodiversity loss, the report says, is humanity's "runaway consumption", with agricultural intensification, deforestation of land for agriculture and overexploitation of certain species acting as key threats. For freshwater fauna, the decline in population over the 44 years monitored was a staggering 80 per cent. Regionally, Latin America was hit hardest, seeing a almost 90 per cent loss of wildlife over the same period. Critically decreased and the number of representatives of freshwater species by 83%.

Species which live in fresh water habitats, such as frogs and river fish, have seen global population falls of 83pc, according to the living planet index by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), which tracks the abundance of wildlife.

We are in the midst of a scary phenomenon right now being called "the Great Acceleration". "It reminds us we need to change course".

The United Nations released a report on climate change, a few weeks ago, through which it warned that coral reefs will be destroyed if global temperatures increase by 1.5 degrees.

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The world's seabirds have also been significantly affected by humans, with 90 percent estimated to have plastic in their stomachs today, up from 5 percent in 1960, the report said.

To map soil biodiversity, a risk index was generated combining eight components including pollution, loss of above ground diversity, nutrients overloading, overgrazing, intensive agriculture, fire, soil erosion to do the same.

The World Wildlife Fund said in a statement that the move would have "devastating consequences" and be an "enormous setback" to efforts to protect the animals in the wild.

"The nature conservation agenda is not only about securing the future of tigers, pandas, whales, and all the wonderful diversity of life we love and cherish on Earth", according to WWF International's Lambertini.

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