Fate of wild places in five countries’ hands

02 November  2018

More than 70% of Earth’s last untouched wilderness lies in the territories of just five countries, most of which have alarmed environmentalists with their lukewarm response to climate change.

This is according to new research published in the journal Nature, which found that nearly three-quarters of the wilderness that’s left is in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia and the United States.

True wild spaces — land and sea areas mostly unaffected by humanity’s explosive expansion and appetite for food and natural resources — now cover just a quarter of the planet. These places are refuges for thousands of endangered species, and provide some defences against the devastating weather events brought about by climate change.

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Source: 
Mail and Guardian

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