Humans Have Destroyed a Tenth of Earth’s Wilderness in 25 Years.
Most think about conservation as saving the lions or elephants, or some other threatened creature, or maybe protecting whatever remains of their habitat. But a previous study compared the extent of Earth’s wilderness areas in 1993 and 2009, documenting almost a 30% loss in South America and a 10% loss globally. This new study looks at the disappearance of a broader range of wild landscapes, that contain the world’s most undisturbed biodiversity, critical for allowing the planet to cope with climate change.
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