Mankind is paying a massive price for global warming; paper

ABU DHABI, 29th October, 2016 (WAM) — Mankind is paying a massive price for global warming and now with the looming danger of wildlife being wiped out, the consequences will be dire, a local newspaper warned on Saturday, and urged governments to take action and increase awareness to “stop the disaster”.

“Three-fifths of animals with backbones – fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals – have been wiped out since 1970 because of human beings. If current trends continue then global wildlife could plummet two-thirds by 2020,” the Gulf News said in an editorial while citing a new scientific study.

The warning came from conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London in their joint biennial Living Planet report.

According to the grim and chilling report, three-fifths of animals with backbones – fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals – have been wiped out since 1970 because of human beings.

“The reason why the wildlife population has dwindled is clear – habits of human beings. Our population has more than doubled since 1960, growing to 7.4 billion. We are eating animals, killing them for pleasure, poisoning them and encroaching upon their habitat,” the Dubai-based paper said.

Our population has more than doubled since 1960, growing to 7.4 billion, it added. “We are eating animals, killing them for pleasure, poisoning them and encroaching upon their habitat.”

“Governments must pass legislation to protect our environment. There must be increased awareness in societies around the world against killing of animals. We must stop this disaster,” the Gulf News concluded.

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