A recent study by the WWF has revealed that over population is playing major havoc with our planet’s health. The study comes as no surprise to anyone who is interested in this topic, as we are all aware that there are just too many people on the planet right now!
The body of the report states that over population is causing a huge reduction in the earths biodiversity, natural resources and our ability to generate food.
At the current rate of consumption we are consuming 50 percent more than the earth can produce, according to the research.
The spiralling global population and over-consumption are threatening the future health of the planet, according to conservation group WWF.
The demand on natural resources has become unsustainable and is putting “tremendous” pressure on the planet’s biodiversity, the body said on Tuesday. In its latest survey of the Earth’s health, WWF named Qatar as the country with the largest ecological footprint, followed by its Middle Eastern neighbours Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.
Denmark and the United States made up the remaining top five, calculated by comparing the renewable resources consumed against the earth’s regenerative capacity. The Living Planet Report found that high-income countries have an ecological footprint on average five times that of low-income ones. Across the globe the footprint has doubled since 1966.
“We are living as if we have an extra planet at our disposal,” said Jim Leape, WWF International director general.
“We are using 50 percent more resources that the Earth can sustainably produce and unless we change course, that number will grow fast — by 2030 even two planets will not be enough.”
The survey, compiled every two years, reported an average 30 percent decrease in biodiversity since 1970, rising to 60 percent in the hardest-hit tropical regions.