Saturday, September 10, 2016
Guess What? We Seem to be Destroying Earth's Dwindling Wilderness.
Ten over twenty five. Researchers have found that mankind, our global civilization, has destroyed ten percent of the planet's remaining wilderness over just the past twenty five years.
Here's what Earth's wilderness looks like today.
Not a very encouraging picture, is it? The green bits are what is called globally significant wilderness areas.
The analysis defined wilderness as places that are “ecologically largely intact” and “mostly free of human disturbance”, though some have indigenous people living within them. The team counted areas as no longer wilderness if they scored on eight measures of humanity’s footprint, including roads, lights at night and agriculture.