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Nearly half of the world’s bird species are declining, with at least one-eighth threatened with extinction, according to a report.
BirdLife; Summarizing data collected from researchers, environmentalists and scientists, he says this year’s report paints the most worrying picture for nature ever.
Accordingly, the populations of forty-nine percent of the world’s bird species are currently in decline, and only six percent have increased their populations since the last report published in 2018.
160 SPECIES LOST
One out of every eight species, or 1,409 in total, is in danger of extinction. It is estimated that around 3 billion birds have disappeared in North America alone since 1970.
“We have lost more than 160 bird species in the last 500 years, and the rate of bird extinction is increasing,” said Lucy Haskell, BirdLife Science Officer and author of the State of the World’s Birds report, as reported by the Daily Mail.
EXTINCTION IS PROGRESSING FAST THAN EVER
Major threats to bird extinction include the growth of unsustainable agriculture, logging, invasive species, overexploitation of resources and climate change.
The researchers point out that climate change is negatively impacting their populations by bringing more intense storms, wildfires and droughts to the birds’ nests.
Finally, bycatch from fishing is also causing population declines.
Despite the report’s “scary” warnings, there is reason to be optimistic. Ongoing conservation efforts are bearing fruit. BirdLife states that 726 globally threatened bird species directly benefit from conservation efforts.
The agency announced that 21 to 32 more bird species would have gone extinct since 1993 if it weren’t for the conservation efforts to save them.
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