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Tropical species decline by 60 per cent

Date : 13th October 2010, Source : The Telegraph (UK)



The exotic birds and animals of the tropics are disappearing at a catastrophic rate as the rich world strips poor countries of their natural resources, the WWF has warned. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) found wildlife in the tropics has declined by 60 per cent since 1970. Iconic species like tigers, turtles, gorillas and hundreds of birds such as the white-rumped vulture are in danger of going extinct, as well as thousands of lesser-known animals. Freshwater species in the tropics are down a disastrous 70 per cent, with animals like the Amazon river pink dolphin already dying out. The report blamed the rate of human consumption, that has doubled in under fifty years, meaning rainforests are being cut down, the seas overfished and grassland ploughed up for farming.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/8061676/Tropical-species-decline-by-60-per-cent.html





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