New research analyzing over 70,000 species globally reveals a deeply concerning decline in wildlife populations. The study found that nearly half of the planet's species are experiencing rapid declines. The destruction of natural habitats for agriculture and urban development, along with climate change, are the main causes. Published in Biological Reviews, the study examined mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. Shockingly, 48% of the analyzed species are declining in population size, while less than 3% are increasing. Amphibians are particularly vulnerable, facing threats such as disease and climate change. Yet fish and reptiles show more stable or increasing populations. The findings provide a "drastic alert" on a global scale, confirming the severity of the ongoing extinction crisis. The research revealed that 33% of supposedly "non-threatened" species are still declining toward extinction.

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