2018年3月9日 星期五

What's driving tigers toward extinction

 

Why are tigers on the verge of extinction?

With fewer than 4,000 of these iconic animals in the wild today, tiger populations have been in a rapid decline over the past century. These already endangered big cats are being driven towards extinction, as demand for tiger products continue.

Learn how traditional Chinese medicine, tiger bone wine, and even selfies are complicit in this destruction. For more on tiger conservation and the latest conservation news, check out National Geographic's Wildlife Watch.

Another article highlights the significant impact of human activities on the extinction of various species, particularly mammals. It emphasizes that hunting, over-fishing, deforestation, and habitat transformation are major contributors to this issue. According to recent studies, humans are nearly entirely responsible for mammal extinctions in recent decades, and predictions indicate that 550 more mammal species could be lost in the current century if current practices persist. Humans are pushing other species to extinction through hunting, over-fishing and cutting down forests and grasslands.

The transformation of natural landscapes through the construction of roads, cities, and expansion of agricultural land is identified as a key problem. Additionally, concerns arise over the negative effects of plastic pollution in oceans and the depletion of fish stocks. Assessments reveal that 75% of land and 66% of oceans have been degraded due to human activities.

Human activities are destroying the natural world, leading to the extinction of animal and plant species at an alarming rate.
Biodiversity loss, nature loss, it is at an unprecedented level in the history of mankind.

World leaders are urged to sign a pledge to protect 30% of the world by 2030 through a ten-point plan, placing wildlife and climate at the center of recovery plans from the pandemic. The plan calls for addressing issues such as climate change, deforestation, ecosystem degradation, and pollution. Scientists emphasize the critical importance of taking action, stating that while a substantial amount is at stake, it is still possible to reverse the decline in nature if promises are translated into tangible actions.