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More than 1,000 animal species are endangered worldwide. The major reason behind this are the exploding human population and the climatic changes that are taking place. No longer are clouds gathering in the distance, the firestorm is here now–melting titanic glaciers, drying mighty rivers and setting deserts ablaze.
Although the quality of life has improved over the past decades with the introduction of new technological advances but the damages made to the earth weigh more. As technology advances more factories are built. These factories dispose waste materials into natural water, which causes harm to aquatic life. Emissions from the factories and automobiles pollute the air. Increase in pollution and change in climatic patterns have become a major concern today. Depletion of natural resources can be termed as one of the irreversible damages done to earth.
All these have led earth to a number of serious problems that now questions the existence of ecosystem for our coming generations. Threatened and endangered species are the most vulnerable to additional pressures. For that reason, the vast and far-reaching impacts of global warming have a massive negative impact on these plants and animals. In one stroke, climate change has introduced a new threat to edge a tremendous number of imperilled species ever closer to extinction.
While many of us are aware that polar bears and Arctic seas are in a crisis mode, very few of us have heard about the other species and ecosystems arriving at the emergency room door because of climate change.
To change the situation and put a stop to the growing numbers of endangered species, organisations like the World Wildlife Fund has been working for over 50 years now. WWF’s experience over nearly half a century has shown that species conservation is vital. Its conservation efforts have brought many animals back from the brink of extinction and it has helped not only to conserve the rich and varied ecosystems but has also helped in delivered real benefits to local people through new livelihood opportunities and sustainable development.
From the Amazon to the Arctic, WWF aims at building a future where human needs are met in harmony with nature. It also claims that by 2020 WWF will conserve 19 of the world’s most important natural places and will significantly change the global forces to protect the future of nature. It is already conserving some of the largest tropical rain forests, the most diverse coral reefs, and the world’s most endangered species.