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Living Planet Report 2014

Living Planet Report 2014

The Living Planet Report provides a comprehensive view of the health of our planet and what it means for humans and wildlife.

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The Living Planet Report documents the state of the planet—including biodiversity, ecosystems, and demand on natural resources—and what this means for humans and wildlife. Published by WWF every two years, the report brings together a variety of research to provide a comprehensive view of the health of the earth.

Population sizes of vertebrate species—mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish—have declined by 52 percent over the last 40 years. In other words, those populations around the globe have dropped by more than half in fewer than two human generations.

At the same time, our own demands on nature are unsustainable and increasing. We need 1.5 Earths to regenerate the natural resources we currently use; we cut trees faster than they mature, harvest more fish than oceans replenish, and emit more carbon into the atmosphere than forests and oceans can absorb.

Though the report confirms some disturbing trends, we can still change course.
WWF helps provide solutions for a living planet. We’re working with governments, businesses, and communities to reduce carbon emissions, prevent habitat loss, and advance policies to fight climate change. WWF focuses on protecting wildlife, conserving natural capital—from forests and oceans to freshwater and grasslands—and producing and consuming food more wisely. Together with our members and partners, we advocate for change and find solutions that will safeguard our planet and future.

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    Terrestrial Species

    Terrestrial species declined by 39% between 1970 and 2010. Unsustainable land use and poaching have contributed to this drop. WWF works to establish new protected areas and applies the strength of our worldwide network, our influence with partners and governments, and the passion of our supporters to stop wildlife crime.

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    Marine Species

    Marine species declined 39% between 1970 and 2010. Species in decline include sea turtles, many sharks, and large migratory seabirds like albatross. WWF finds innovative ways to protect marine areas from illegal and overfishing, and promotes modified fishing gear that reduces bycatch.

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    Freshwater Species

    Freshwater species declined by an average of 76%. The main threats to these animals is habitat loss and fragmentation, pollution, and invasive species. WWF partners with governments, businesses and communities to ensure healthy freshwater systems exist to conserve wildlife and provide a sustainable future for all.

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    People Can Help

    Our societies and economies depend on a healthy planet, yet we continue to pursue economic gains at the expense of environmental resources. We can reduce our ecological footprint by reducing carbon dioxide emissions, curbing deforestation, and promoting sustainable agriculture. It's a long path ahead, but together we can ensure a bright future for generations to come.

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