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A recent report released by the World Wildlife Federation for Nature relays some sobering news about the loss of planetary biodiversity. The global Living Planet Index shows an average 68% decrease in population sizes of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish between 1970 and 2016. These findings are supported by other studies including:

An annual winter count by the Xerces Society which recorded fewer than 2,000 monarch butterflies, a massive decline from the tens of thousands tallied in recent years and the millions that clustered in trees from Northern California’s Marin County to San Diego County in the south in the 1980s.

Researchers with CONICET found fewer bee species have been recorded since the 1990s, raising concerns that rare species might be extinct. About 25% fewer species were found between 2006 and 2015, compared to records prior to the 1990s, according to a study published on Friday in the One Earth Journal.

Due to over fishing shark populations in the high seas have fallen by 71% since 1970, researchers report in Nature magazine. The main cause is overfishing, which has put three-quarters of these species at risk of extinction.

Why is this happening? In the last half century our world has been transformed to feed and fuel our current lifestyles and population growth. There is a glimmer of light. As the report states: ... the models are all telling us the same thing: that we still have an opportunity to flatten, and reverse, the loss of nature if we take urgent and unprecedented conservation action and make transformational changes in the way we produce and consume food
Oceanic White-tip Shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) with symbiotic Pilot Fish (Naucrates ductor), Red Sea, Egypt  -  Dray van Beeck/ NiS
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00539738 Oceanic White-tip Shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) with symbiotic Pilot Fish (Naucrates ductor), Red Sea, Egypt© Dray van Beeck/ NiS
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterflies on lupine, Michoacan, Mexico  -  Tim Fitzharris
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00170030 Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterflies on lupine, Michoacan, Mexico© Tim Fitzharris
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterfly feeding on nectar of Goldenrod during migration, East Coast, USA  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762847 Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterfly feeding on nectar of Goldenrod during migration, East Coast, USA© Ingo Arndt
Blue Shark (Prionace glauca), San Diego, California  -  Richard Herrmann
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00432444 Blue Shark (Prionace glauca), San Diego, California© Richard Herrmann
Sweat Bee (Halictus sp) feeding on Lupine (Lupinus sp) flower nectar, Maine
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00571708 Sweat Bee (Halictus sp) feeding on Lupine (Lupinus sp) flower nectar, Maine© Scott Leslie
Sweat Bee (Halictus ligatus) on flower stamens covered with pollen, Oregon  -  Michael Durham
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00534788 Sweat Bee (Halictus ligatus) on flower stamens covered with pollen, Oregon© Michael Durham
Hairy-legged Mining Bee (Dasypoda hirtipes) feeding on nectar on Narrow-leaf Hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum), Aekingerzand, Drents-Friese Wold National Park, Friesland, Netherlands  -  Philip Friskorn/ NiS
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70015915 Hairy-legged Mining Bee (Dasypoda hirtipes) feeding on nectar on Narrow-leaf Hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum), Aekingerzand, Drents-Friese Wold National Park, Friesland, Netherlands© Philip Friskorn/ NiS
Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) and Golden Trevally (Gnathanodon speciosus) school, Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua, Indonesia
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00556267 Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) and Golden Trevally (Gnathanodon speciosus) school, Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua, Indonesia© Pete Oxford
Metallic Green Bee (Agapostemon sp), Bahia Blanca, Argentina
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00574395 Metallic Green Bee (Agapostemon sp), Bahia Blanca, Argentina© Agustin Esmoris
Metallic Green Bee (Agapostemon virescens) on flower stamens covered with pollen, Oregon  -  Michael Durham
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00534791 Metallic Green Bee (Agapostemon virescens) on flower stamens covered with pollen, Oregon© Michael Durham
Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus) filter feeding, Inner Hebrides, Scotland
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00560582 Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus) filter feeding, Inner Hebrides, Scotland© Norbert Wu
Zebra Shark (Stegostoma fasciatum), Andaman Sea, Thailand  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153299 Zebra Shark (Stegostoma fasciatum), Andaman Sea, Thailand© Fred Bavendam
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