biodiversity declines by one third in 35 years (WWF)

Reuters  "World biodiversity has declined by almost one third in the past 35 years mainly due to habitat loss and wildlife trade. WWF’s Living Planet Index tracks about 4000 species of birds, fish, mammals and reptiles. The results show land-based species fell by 25 per cent, marine by 28 per cent and freshwater by 29 per cent between 1970 and 2007."

This story, in the Sydney Morning Herald of 17-18 May,  was not front page news. Rather it was hidden away in a little single column series of bits on page 24. I have reproduced in here in toto as it is of great importance.

You can download full Living Planet index ((4.39 Mb pdf) from link on:

http://www.panda.org/news_facts/publications/living_planet_report/living_planet_index/index.cfm