BY MICHELE S. BYERS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NEW JERSEY CONSRVATION FOUNDATION
A new report on the state of the Earth’s animals is “not for the faint-hearted,” according to the World Wildlife Fund.
They’re not kidding. According to their research, our planet lost more than half of its individual vertebrate animals during the past 40 years, mostly due to human impacts.
The “2014 Living Planet Report” tracks more than 10,000 populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish from all over the world. The sobering news is that overall numbers have declined by 52 percent since 1970.