Climate change is happening far faster than predicted, and it’s causing a huge decline in animal life, according to a recent report released by Boston-based asset management firm Grantham Mayo van Otterloo (GMO).
2014 was the hottest year on record, and 2015 is on track to be even hotter. Research suggests that our warming planet is pushing us toward a sixth mass extinction.
The total amount of animal life on Earth has halved in the last 35 years, and bird populations have decreased by 40%, a recent report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates.
Here’s a chart from the WWF showing how much animal populations have declined:
But all this change isn’t going to take years to shape up. Life on Earth is already starting to look dramatically different. Here are some of the trends in animal decline that have emerged in the past several decades:
1. The number…
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