Feast for the eyes

The World Wildlife Fund just released their living planet report for 2018. Up front it seems it seem the report could well be  titled the dying planet instead of the living planet report given the summary  states “On average, we’ve seen an astonishing 60% decline in the size of populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians in just over 40 years, according to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2018. The top threats to species identified in the report link directly to human activities, including habitat loss and degradation and the excessive use of wildlife such as overfishing and overhunting.”

You can read the full report here.

or here

https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/living-planet-report-2018

Please pass along the report to all who care and even those that may not.

Photo: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, 2018.

 

 

24 thoughts on “Feast for the eyes

    1. Hi George and thanks for passing along this report. Your thoughts are well supported and I am not sure how we address the concept that we have too many people on the planet to share it with earths other creatures. Sure we can find ways to produce food and keep expanding populations alive but is that really the point to this whole thing?

  1. Thanks for posting this, Mike, though I can’t hit the ‘like’ button. This is such a sad state of affairs, it breaks my heart. With no end to human greed in sight, one wonders where this insanity will take us.

    1. Hi Eliza, yes there are some things we just can’t like and this report is one of them. It does feel like we are at the end of an era and life may change very quickly in the near future.

    1. Hi Adam, yes the tipping point is a good question and I am not sure we will have realized we have tipped until we are well on the downward slide with will be exponential and fast not linear and slow.

  2. What can one say that hasn’t already been said…I don’t see it any other way than that we humans are living at the end of a golden age and that the world is about to become a very bad place to be in the next 100 years. Without a huge cut in human population it is hard to see how all of this can be anything other than the start of our own demise as well as all those species we directly impact. So sad that so many just don’t see why they should try to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

    1. Hi Graham and I agree with you thought that we are at the end of an era. The world does seem to be heading into one of those proverbial bottlenecks with human population growth and decreasing resources (i.e. everything non-human).

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