Number of wild animals living on Earth set to fall by two-thirds; Trump hits back at Khizr Khan again; Afghanistan war ignored in US presidential campaign

The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends. The Living Planet Index, compiled by researchers from WWF and the Zoological Society of London, shows that vertebrate populations are set to decline by 67% from 1970 levels unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact. The collapse of wildlife is, with climate change, the most striking sign of the Anthropocene, a proposed new geological era in which humans dominate the planet. Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF, said: “Lose biodiversity and the natural world and the life support systems, as we know them today, will collapse.”

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Source: Guardian Environment