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World Facing Biggest Global Mass Extinction since Dinosaurs

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News video: World Facing Biggest Global Mass Extinction since DinosaursA new report from the World Wildlife Fund revealed on Thursday that two thirds of the world’s wildlife could be gone by 2020. Jose Sepulveda (@josesepulveda87) has more.

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Transcript: World Facing Biggest Global Mass Extinction since Dinosaurs

A troubling new report from the World Wildlife Fund shows that two thirds of the world’s wildlife could be gone by 2020.

According to the fund’s latest Living Planet Index, There’s already been a 58% overall decline in the numbers of fish, mammals, birds and reptiles worldwide since 1970.

That means wildlife across the globe is vanishing at a rate of 2% a year.

Elephants, one of the hardest hit species have dwindled by a fifth in just 10 years and a third of sharks and rays face extinction from overfishing.

Wetlands, lakes and rivers also saw an 81% decrease in their species population.

The report blames habitat loss, overexploitation of resources, pollution and climate change as the causes of the mass extinction.

Conservation scientist Martin Taylor added “This is definitely human impact, we're in the sixth mass extinction.

There's only been five before this and we're definitely in the sixth.” For Veuer, I'm Jose Sepulveda.



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