Report: Habitat for wildlife worsening
Much of China’s wild animals are living in worsening conditions due to pollution and deteriorating habitat, the country’s first report on biodiversity says. The population of half of the country’s bird species decreased between 2011 and 2017, with a significant decrease in the number of birds living in wetlands and along waterways, according to the report, The Green Book of Biodiversity, which was released on May 21. The report, by the Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences under the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, is based on data collected at more than 10,000 sampling points and 648 observation stations across the country. More than 50 percent of amphibian species have seen drops in population due to excessive use of pesticides — especially common amphibians that live on farmland, such as toads and frogs, the report said.