60% drop in global wildlife: News Review

The story

A new report has blamed mankind’s overuse of natural resources for a 60% fall in the global wildlife population in less than 50 years. The conservation charity WWF said most classes of animals had suffered from unbridled consumption, which has triggered a mass extinction

Vocabulary

plummets
suddenly becomes much lower; declines
 The number of wild animals has plummeted over the last fifty years.
 The boys jumped off the rock and plummeted into the sea.

wiped out
completely destroyed
 Dinosaurs were wiped out long before humans walked the Earth.
 Debate continues as to whether climate change will wipe out human civilisation.

runaway
fast and uncontrolled
 Some people have blamed runaway consumption for the loss of wildlife.
 This government aims to deal with runaway inflation.

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