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Living Planet Report 2016 Summary

Posted on 01 November 2016   |  
Living Planet Report 2016 Summary
The size and scale of the human enterprise have grown exponentially since the mid-20th century. As a result, nature and the services it provides to humanity are subject to increasing risk. Scientists suggest that we have transitioned from the Holocene into a new geological epoch, calling it the “Anthropocene”. The future of many living organisms is now in question. Species populations of vertebrate animals have decreased in abundance by 58 percent between 1970 and 2012. The most common threat to declining animal populations is the loss and degradation of habitat. Increasingly, people are victims of the deteriorating state of nature: without action in the Anthropocene, the earth will become much less hospitable to our modern globalised society. Humans have already pushed four planetary systems beyond the safe limit of their safe operating space. By 2012, the biocapacity equivalent of 1.6 earths was needed to provide the natural resources and services humanity consumed in that year. To maintain nature in all of its many forms and functions and to create an equitable home for people on a finite planet, a basic understanding must inform development strategies, economic models, business models and lifestyle choices: we have only one planet and its natural capital is limited.  A shared understanding of the link between humanity and nature could induce a profound change that will allow all life to thrive in the Anthropocene.


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