This report assesses the current state of the world's ecosystems, as well as the human pressures on natural resource consumption, known as the ecological footprint. The report highlights the fact that humans are currently consuming 20% more natural resources than the earth can produce. The report also finds that from 1970 to 2000, populations of terrestrial and marine species dropped by 30%, while freshwater populations plummeted by a dramatic 50%. WWF claims that this is a direct consequence of increasing human demand for food, fibre, energy and water.
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