World’s Vertebrate Populations Have Declined 60 Percent in Just Four Decades

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Populations of birds, fish, mammals, and amphibians have declined an average 60 percent since 1970, according to a new report by the World Wildlife Fund. South and Central America experienced the highest loss of biodiversity, with vertebrate species declining 89 percent in 45 years. Populations of freshwater vertebrates declined 83 percent.

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