The world is not enough, nature experts warn
Published 14/10/2010 | 05:00
WILDLIFE IN the tropics, especially in poorer countries, is rapidly disappearing as human demands on natural resources soar beyond what the Earth can sustain, a new report reveals.
In an authoritative and ominous warning, the 2010 Living Planet Report of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the definitive survey on the state of the planet's health, signals that tropical ecosystems are being degraded and tropical species declining at an increasingly rapid rate, with the world's population now consuming the output of one-and-a-half sustainable Earths.
The report's Living Planet Index, which measures changes in nearly 8,000 distinct local populations of more than 2,500 animal species, shows a remarkable aggregate wildlife decline in the tropics -- Central and South America, Central Africa, Asia and the Indo-Pacific region -- of 60pc in 40 years.