Scientists Report That All Vertebrate Numbers Are Decreasing

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According to a new study, it would seem that all vertebrate numbers are decreasing.

According to a new study carried out by scientists, it would seem that all vertebrate numbers are decreasing, not just the species which have been declared protected or have been put on the extinction list.

The alarming news came after the Zoological Society of London and the World Wildlife Fund joined efforts and released the Living Planet Report 2016.

The Living Planet Report goes to show that by 2020, the population abundance of all vertebrates will have noted a two-thirds drop as compared to the numbers registered in 1970.

The current study targets vertebrate animals, meaning all the amphibian, fish, birds, reptiles, and mammal species.

Still, the invertebrate category, which mostly includes plants and other such organisms are thought to be suffering the same fate. Just recently a significant portion of the Great Barrier Reef was demonstrated to have died as a result of bleaching.

According to the Living Planet Report the vertebrate abundance numbers, meaning the total number of animals registered in each species was calculated to have registered a 58 percent decrease in the 1970 to 2014 period.

An estimated 8 years later, or as soon as 2020, the drop is expected to reach a 65 percent level. If the current decrease rate continues to maintain its trend, the researchers estimate that a 100 percent drop or all vertebrate extinction will most probably occur by the middle period of the 21st century.

The numbers were obtained by taking into consideration the current number of 14,000 monitored animal population which include 3,700 living species.

Although the estimated percentages could suffer modification, as the both the phenomenon and the animal numbers feature complex, difficult to analyze features, the trend does seem to be quite evident.

The drop in all vertebrate numbers could justify its alarming trend on the traces human-related activities have left on the environment and on the climate.

As talks of global warming and climate changes have been intensifying, most disruptive nature elements seem to point back towards a similar, man-related direction.

Non-environmental practices have led to the destruction of natural habitats and environmental pollution and climate changes have led to a reduction in food sources, amongst others.

Humans also seem to be the cause of various vertebrate diseases as it would seem that the both species can be harmed by the viruses transmitted by the other.

The Living Planet Report point toward freshwater sources such as rivers and lakes as being the hardest hit by the decline, with a perceived 81 percent drop. The next most affected natural habitats seem to be the terrestrial vertebrates with a 38 percent decrease, with marine species being just close behind with 36 percent.

With these being just one amongst other such studies, it would seem that only humanity can stop the disappearance of all vertebrates, as it is both the cause and the possible savior.

As the current level of technological advancements should allow for a better, more environment-oriented living, it is up to mankind to defend and save the natural resources and other living organisms typical of our planet

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