A WWF report about the extinction of animals misinterpreted media

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A WWF report about the destruction of 60% of the animals is not quite true interpreted

Experts have not had the opportunity to explore all types in all regions and on the situation with some types of thought that happen to other people.

The report of the world wildlife Fund (WWF) Living Planet Index (Living planet in 2018), which States that since 1974 people have destroyed about 60% of the animals, was not quite true interpreted. About it writes the Atlantic.

The journalists found that the media does not correctly relayed the content of the work. First, they drew attention to the fact that specialists have not had the opportunity to explore all types in all regions and on the situation with some types of thought that happens to other (with adjustments for the fact that some species studied are better than others; in some regions more statistics than the other, etc.).

Secondly, the key phrase of the report is the decline in the population of certain wild animals by an average of 60%. To understand it, The Atlantic gives the following example. “Let’s say you have 5,000 lions, tigers and 500 bears 50. After 40 years you have 4500 lions, 100 tigers and five bears. The number of lions has decreased by 10%, tigers – 80% and bears up to 90%. On average, this gives a decrease of 60%. But the total number of animals in this scenario was decreased from 5550 to 4605, i.e. 17%. Therefore, from the report we can’t conclude that man has destroyed 60% of the total number of wild animals,” – says the publication.

Thirdly, the report States that the population of the five species, which monitors the Living Planet Index increases and half decreases. “This means that the average values of 60%, with many types, the situation is much more serious – like with the tigers and bears from the example in the previous paragraph,” writes The Atlantic.

The publication stresses: their explanation does not mean that the situation is not catastrophic extinction of animals and that humans are not to blame in the destruction of wildlife.

Earlier in Ukraine significantly changed the rules of transportation of animals. Veterinary documents are issued only after verification of conditions that transported human cargo.


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