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The Earth is facing the first mass extinction of wildlife since the age of the dinosaurs



According to the Living Planet report, the world is headed for the first  mass extinction of wildlife in 65 million years since the age of the dinosaurs, reports the Independent. 

By 2020, the populations of global wildlife will have decreased by two thirds over a period of 50 years, which is an extinction rate 100 times faster than what would be considered normal. 

And we only have ourselves to blame. 

The Living Planet report was produced by the World Wildlife Foundation and the Zoological Society of London. They analyzed 3,706 different species. 

The rate of global wildlife extinction in the last 50 years has been about 58 percent. By 2020, it's expected to rise to 67 percent. 

The report points out that government oftentimes lack proper environmental policies. 

Much of the blame for the rapid decline of said populations lies solely with humans. 


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