The populations of our planet’s vertebrate species declined by more than two thirds between 1970 and 2016, according to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2020. In that same time period our human population has doubled and now approaches 8 billion. Revolutions in agriculture, industry and technology have impacted so greatly on Earth that many scientists have coined the name Anthropocene, to describe the current geological era, which is now primarily defined by our presence on Earth and our behaviour.

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