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World’s wild vertebrate populations down 60% since 1970: “Situation is really bad and getting worse”

Sixty percent of all animals with a backbone have been wiped out by human activity in the past 40 years, according to a new World Wildlife Fund (WWF) "Living Planet" report. 

The report surveyed over 4,000 species spread across 16,700 populations across the planet from 1970 to 2014, AFP reported Tuesday.

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