The WWF report warns that if action is not taken to reduce the flow of plastics into the sea, models predict that plastic will be found in the digestive tracts of 99 per cent of all seabird species by 2050.
WWF regards the directive as "one of the EU's most progressive pieces of environmental legislation to date", saying it plays a vital role in protecting Europe's rivers, lakes, groundwater and wetlands from overexploitation.
"We can not build a prosperous future for Europe and its citizens on a depleted planet, so economic and environmental agendas must converge if we are to build a sustainable Europe for all", said Ester Asin, Director of WWF's European Policy Office.
Vox offers a note of caution when reading the data, clarifying that a 60 percent decline in many populations' sizes does not mean a loss of 60 percent of total animals. "That is the scale of what we have done".
"This is far more than just being about losing the wonders of nature, desperately sad though that is". "This is actually now jeopardising the future of people". But we are ignoring other systems which are inter-connected with climate and super important to sustaining life on Earth.
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"We have an opportunity to design a new path forward that allows us to co-exist sustainably with the wildlife we depend upon", he said. It also held invasive pollution, dams, fires, mining, and climate change as additional sources of pressure on nature. It tracked how humanity's appetite for land, energy and water has decimated animal populations. The report added that now only a quarter of land on this planet has not been severely impacted or damaged by human activity, but is projected to decline to just one tenth of the land by 2050, due to pollution, disease, and climate change, among other factors.
"Air pollution caused by traffic, industries, crop burning and burning of solid waste are major contributors of smog and the layer of smog will thicken in the coming days", he said and added that the urban air pollution in Pakistan is among the world's most severe, significantly damaging human health, quality of life, economy and the environment. Three-quarters of the entire country on the earth are affected according to the study, today from human intervention. In the tropical savannah called cerrado, an area the size of Greater London is cleared every two months, said Barrett. The UK itself has lost much of its wildlife, ranking 189th for biodiversity loss out of 218 nations in 2016.
The population of the critically endangered gharial (crocodile species) declined by approximately 58 per cent between 1997 and 2006 across its range in India and Nepal.