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Capitalism is killing the world’s wildlife populations, not ‘humanity’

As long as we fail to name capitalism as a key cause of mass extinction, we will remain powerless to break its tragic story.

A black rhinoceros calf named Kianga stands next to his mother Shima at Brookfield Zoo September 24, 2003 in Brookfield, Illinois. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

The latest Living Planet report from the WWF makes for grim reading: a 60% decline in wild animal populations since 1970, collapsing ecosystems, and a distinct possibility that the human species will not be far behind. The report repeatedly stresses that humanity's consumption is to blame for this mass extinction, and journalists have been quick to amplify the message. The Guardian headline reads “Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations", while the BBC runs with “Mass wildlife loss caused by human consumption". No wonder: in the 148-page report, the word “humanity" appears 14 times, and “consumption" an impressive 54 times.

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Why Are Pandas Black and White?

The biologists who revealed why zebras have black-and-white stripes now also have a theory on the black-and-white fur of giant pandas.

What’s black, white, and read all over? Pandas read one another’s markings for identification and communication, and they have black-and-white fur patterns to camouflage in shade and snow. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images).

The Giant Panda’s iconic black-and-white­ fur makes it exceptionally recognizable in a world where mammals are generally a drab brown or dull grey, and according to a new study in the journal Behavioral Ecology, both camouflage and communication might explain why.

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