Living Planet Report: Aiming High (Oct 2018, 144p, 35p Summary)
The 12th edition the World Wildlife Fund’s biennial flagship report, provides the latest data of the Living Planet Index, which tracked over 4,000 vertebrate species in the 1970-2014 period. The key finding is that global populations have declined by 60% due to agriculture and over-exploitation, and increasing human consumption. WWF proposes a new global deal for nature to reverse biodiversity loss, with a roadmap for action, 2020 to 2050, offering clear goals, targets, and metrics, in support of the Bending the Curve of Biodiversity initiative. Also see Nature Communications 10 (3 Jan 2019) on the rapid decline of bees and other invertebrates.