Animal populations are roughly half the size they were in 40 years ago – a 52% decline between 1970 and 2010. Terrestrial species have declined by 39%, freshwater species by 76%, marine species by 39%. The biggest recorded threat to biodiversity globally comes from the combined impacts of habitat loss and degradation, driven by unsustainable human consumption, plus the impact of climate change.
In Ghana, the lion population in one reserve is down 90% in 40 years.
In West Africa, forest felling has restricted forest elephants to 6-7% of their historic range.
Globally, habitat loss and hunting have reduced tigers from 100,000 a century ago to just 3,000.
Just published is the 2014 Living Planet Report produced by WWF in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London and the Global Footprint Network. The report uses the global Living Planet Index as a measure of the health of over 10,000 populations of more than 3,000 species to track changes in wildlife populations.
A new display highlighting some of the resources available to help Level3 Diploma in Countryside Management students with an assignment on Ecosystem Conservation has gone up in the Library at Moreton Morrell this week.
The display next to the counter in the Library
The display gives useful suggestions for books, e-books and other online resources covering both general ecosystem topics and the specific species mentioned in the assignment brief.
Moreton Morrell Library now uses QR codes for all of the e-books relevant to the courses taught at the site. QR codes are like barcodes that when scanned, link you directly to your chosen e-book. The codes are located on the book shelves at the relevant subject number.Why not download a QR reader app to your smart phone (qrdroid.com is a good one, and its free!) and try using them.
We would be grateful for any feedback. Check out our QR code display for more information.