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Wildlife populations have plummeted since 1970

Human activity is taking a significant toll on global wildlife, causing the populations of thousands of species to drop by as much as 60% since 1970, The Guardian reports. An analysis commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund and carried out by researchers at the Zoological Society of London found that between 1970 and 2014, the populations of 4005 species of fish, mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles has plummeted, thanks in large part to habitat destruction, hunting, and pollution. The new report calls on governments to create a global pact aimed at stopping and reversing the trend.

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