Re­port: Habi­tat for wildlife wors­en­ing

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

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.

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