SHOTLIST SOURCE: AFP VIDEOGRAPHICS IMAGES: 02:19 -Dinosaurs roaming the earth, animal skeletons littering the ground-Pan showing frogs sat on lily pads, sea lions-Polluted river with dead fish floating on the surface-Fish swimming among coral reef, dead coral-Blue whale swimming-Vaquita, the world's smallest porpoise, swimming near fishing nets-Crocodile swimming -Pangolin walking through scrub land-Gorillas walking through foliage-View through greenery reveals tiger sitting down-Rhinoceros standing on the savannah -Elephant-Polar bear standing on an iceberg AFP TEXTSeptember 9, 2020 Global animal, bird and fish populations have plummeted more than two-thirds in less than 50 years due to rampant over-consumption, experts said Thursday in a stark warning to save nature in order to save ourselves. Human activity has severely degraded three quarters of all land and 40 percent of Earth's oceans, and our quickening destruction of nature is likely to have untold consequences on our health and livelihoods. The Living Planet Index, which tracks more than 4,000 species of vertebrates, warned that increasing deforestation and agricultural expansion were the key drivers behind a 68 percent average decline in populations between 1970 and 2016...(continues) SCRIPT EN: Scientists believe Earth is experiencing its first "mass extinction event” since non-avian dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago. More than 40% percent of amphibians and one quarter of all mammals are currently at risk of disappearing entirely from our planet. It’s the result of changes set in motion by human activity and climate change, with life in the oceans particularly affected. Coral reefs -- home to over a quarter of all marine species -- could disappear by 2050, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which compiles an annual ‘red list’ of the world’s most endangered wildlife. Antarctic blue whales, the largest creatures on the planet, are critically endangered – just one step away from extinction. With possibly as few as 10 left in the world, the vaquita, the planet’s smallest porpoise, is probably the species most at risk of extinction. The mammal gets caught in illegal fishing nets and drowns. Some 60 percent of freshwater species such as crocodiles, hippos, and river dolphins are classified as threatened and lacking adequate protection. The reclusive pangolin has become the most trafficked mammal on Earth due to soaring demand in Asia for its scales for traditional medicine and its meat which is considered a delicacy. More than half of all primates are under threat of extinction due to habitat destruction, the illegal wildlife trade and hunting. Four out of six of the Earth’s great apes are endangered or critically Many wild cats are also on the cusp of extinction, including the Sumatran Tiger and Javan leopard. All five surviving species of rhinoceros in the wild are threatened, mainly by poaching. The northern white rhino is already extinct in the wild, with less than a handful left in captivity.The number of Asian elephants has fallen by at least 50% over three generations, there are less than 50,000 left in the wild. The future of four out of eight bear species is also cause for concern: the giant panda and polar bears are both vulnerable’. Source: International Union for the Conservation of Nature, CITES, WWF, International Rhino Foundation. SCRIPT FR: Selon les scientifiques, la Terre connaît sa première " extinction de masse " depuis la disparition des dinosaures il y a 65 millions d'années. Plus de 40 % des amphibiens et un quart des mammifères risquent de disparaître.C'est le résultat de l’activité humaine et du changement climatique qui affectent particulièrement, la vie dans les océans.Les récifs coralliens - qui abritent plus d'un quart de toutes les espèces marines - pourraient disparaître d'ici à 2050, selon l'Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature, qui dresse une "liste rouge" annuelle de la faune sauvage la plus menacée.Les baleines bleues de l'Antarctique, les plus grandes créatures de la planète, sont en danger critique d'extinction. Avec à peine 10 individus dans le monde, le marsouin commun, est l'espèce la plus menacée ; le mammifère se fait piéger dans des filets de pêche illégaux. Environ 60% des espèces d'eau douce comme les crocodiles, les hippopotames et les dauphins de rivière sont menacées et ne bénéficient pas d'une protection adéquate. Le pangolin est devenu le mammifère le plus braconné du monde en raison de la forte demande en Asie où ses écailles sont utilisées pour la médecine traditionnelle et où sa chair est appréciée.Plus de la moitié des primates sont menacés d'extinction en raison de la destruction de leur habitat, du braconnage et de la chasse.Quatre des 6 grands singes sont en danger ou gravement menacés ((((Gorille de l'Est, Gorille de l'Ouest, Orang-outan de Bornéo et Orang-outan de sumatra ))) De nombreux félins sont également en voie d'extinction, dont le Tigre de Sumatra et le léopard de Java.La menace pèse sur les 5 espèces de rhinocéros , tous braconnés. Le rhinocéros blanc du nord s’est déjà éteint, seule une poignée d’entre eux survit en captivité. Le nombre d'éléphants d'Asie a chuté d'au moins 50% en trois générations, et compte moins de 50 000 spécimens sauvages. L'avenir de quatre des 8 espèces d'ours est également inquiétant: le panda géant et l'ours blanc sont tous deux "vulnérables". Source: Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature, CITES, WWF, Fondation Internationale Rhino.
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