When our ancestors celebrated the invention of cars, massive machinery and fancy technology that allowed human beings to do things that were once considered magic, they had no idea what implications their discoveries would have. Now, many years later, technology has allowed us to achieve things believed to be impossible in the past, but its left its mark. Whichever way we put it, our behavior is harming our planet.: human beings are now the most dominant creature on our planet. We have produced wonders that have lifted people out of poverty and eased the suffering for millions of people worldwide, but it all comes at a price.
An environmental check-up
The Living Planet Index is like an environmental check-up and this time the diagnosis is bad. Between 1970 and 2010 animal species have declined by 52 percent which is far more than expected, especially in tropical areas. All over the world animals have lost their habitats, forest disappears and the more human civilization expands, the less space is left for the rest of the world's species. This disturbing news was revealed in the new living planet index a scientific report conducted in conjunction with WWF.
Tracking the wildlife population requires tricky statistic and advanced research methods, and the living index has previously been criticized for its lack of accuracy. But this time the team has improved their methodology in order to achieve better results and the outcome is scary: earth's wildlife is disappearing with rapid speed. Human's cut down trees faster than they can regrow, they harvest so many fish that the sea doesn't have time to restock and emit far too much carbon for the environment to handle. So how will the planet cope?