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bos2Wilderness areas could reduce extinction risks by more than half

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – October 23, 2019
The idea of wilderness doesn’t have the cachet it once did. Academics have deconstructed its sometimes shaky intellectual foundations; conservationists have lamented, rightly, that romanticizing places without humans can lead to neglect for the nature around us. Yet for all its philosophical troubles, wilderness—big, contiguous places with minimal Homo sapiens footprints—is still enormously important. Just how important is underscored by new findings that put a number on the relationship between wilderness and biodiversity. According to researchers led by Moreno Di Marco, an ecologist at the Sapienza University of Rome, preserving Earth’s remaining wilderness areas will reduce extinction risks for terrestrial species by more than half. Read full article here.

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