Decreases the lifetime of the plant - Living Planet Index

Biennial report, prepared in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London and the Global Footprint Network waited all experts for a long time. The report uses global Living Planet Index as a measure of the health of populations of nearly 8.000 more than 2500 species of plants. Global Index shows a decline of 30 percent of plant life since 1970, and in the tropics, the most affected 60 per cent reduction of plant life in less than 40 years.

Decreases the lifetime of the plant - Living Planet Index

"There are alarming rate of biodiversity loss in low-income countries, often tropical countries while the developed world is living in a false paradise, fueled by excessive consumption and a high level of carbon emissions," said Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International. While the report shows some promising recovery of plant species in temperate regions, largely thanks to great efforts to preserve and improve environmental pollution and waste management, caterpillar populations of freshwater tropical species have fallen by almost 70 percent - more than any kind of reduction measured at land or in our oceans. "Types of plants and insects are the foundation of the ecosystem," said Jonathan Baillie, director of conservation programs with the Zoological Society of London. "Healthy ecosystems are the foundation of all we have -. Lose them and we destroy our life support system." "Ecological Footprint", one of the indicators used in the report shows that our demand on natural resources has doubled since 1966, and we use the equivalent of 1.5 planets to support our activities. If we continue to live beyond the limits of the Earth, by 2030 we will have the equivalent of the productive capacity of two planets to meet our annual requirements. "The report shows that the continuation of current trends in consumption will lead us to the point of no return," added Leape. "Earth 4.5 will be needed to support the global population as the average U.S. resident." Carbon is the main culprit driving the planet to ecological overdraft. Alarm 11-fold increase in our carbon footprint over the past five decades, carbon funds now account for more half of the global ecological footprint. The top 10 countries with the biggest environmental problem and human exposure are combined A slave Emirates, Qatar, Denmark, Belgium, USA, Estonia, Canada, Australia, Kuwait and Ireland. 31 OECD member countries, including among the richest countries in the world, accounting for nearly 40 percent of their global presence. Although there are twice as many people living in the BRIC countries - Brazil, Russia, India and China - as there are in OECD countries, the report shows the current rate of per capita footprint of the BRIC countries puts them at a trajectory to overtake the OECD bloc, if they follow the same path of development. "Countries that support a high level of dependence on the resources put their economy at risk," said Mathis Wackernagel, president of Global Footprint Network. "Those countries that can ensure the high quality of life for the least amount of environmental demand will not only serve the global interests, they will be leaders in the world of limited resources. "A new analysis in the report also shows that the sharp decline in biodiversity decreases in low-income countries, with nearly 60 percent decline in less than 40. The biggest area is in high-income countries, on average, five times that in low-income countries, indicating that unsustainable patterns of consumption in rich countries is mainly in the depletion of natural resources of the poor are often more resource-rich tropical countries, . Living Planet Report also shows that high dimensions and high level of consumption that often occurs at the expense of others, is not reflected in the high level of development. UN human development index that looks at life expectancy, income and education level may be high in countries with moderate trail. The report outlines the decisions necessary to ensure the Earth can sustain the global population is projected to pass nine billion in 2050, and points to the elections in the consumption of food and energy as essential to reducing the footprint, as well as increased efforts to value and invest in our natural capital. "Somehow we must find ways to meet the needs of a growing and increasingly prosperous population at the expense of living resources. We must find a way to make better choices in what we consume and how we produce and use energy."


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