Thursday, November 01, 2018

Canada, One of Five Nations Holding Most of the World's Remaining Wilderness.

This map says it all:

The march of mankind has seen to it that there's not much wilderness left on Earth. 70 per cent of what remains is found in just five countries: Russia, Canada, Australia, Brazil and the United States (thanks almost entirely to Alaska).
Researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have for the first time produced a global map that sets out which countries are responsible for nature that is devoid of heavy industrial activity. 
It comes ahead of the conference of parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Egypt in November where signatory nations are working towards a plan for the protection of biodiversity beyond 2020. 
Conservationists are calling for a mandated target for wilderness conservation that will preserve the planet’s vulnerable ecosystems.
Some may have scoffed at the recent report that mankind has now reduced the population of all other terrestrial species by 60 per cent since the 1970s. When you look at that map and see how much wilderness we have eradicated, how much natural habitat we have destroyed for our own use, that figure should not be hard to accept.
The paper comes after the team of scientists produced data in 2016 that charted the planet’s remaining terrestrial wilderness and in 2018 examined which parts of the world’s oceans remained free from the damaging impacts of human activity
They found that more than 77% of land – excluding Antarctica – and 87% of oceans had been modified by human intervention.
...The researchers say that the planet’s remaining wilderness can be protected “only if it is recognised within international policy frameworks”. 
They’re calling for an international target that protects 100% of all remaining intact ecosystems. 
“It’s achievable to have a target of 100%,” Watson said. “All nations need to do is stop industry from going into those places.” 
He said the five countries responsible for most of the world’s remaining wilderness had to provide leadership and could act to protect these areas through legislation or by offering incentives to businesses that do not erode nature.


Anonymous said...

To make matters worse, the green parts in Australia and Africa correspond roughly to desert areas. These areas have little flora or fauna, so are not really hotbeds of diversity.

Owen Gray said...

Our record as a spieces, Mound, leaves little to recommend us.

Anonymous said...

I've been to Australia and the center of the country is desert. Anyong.

The Mound of Sound said...

That's too true, Anyong. What makes it all more worrisome is the fascist who just was elected to rule Brazil. He's vowed to open the Amazon rainforest for logging and farming.

The Mound of Sound said...

We're certainly not doing ourselves or our descendants any favours, Owen.

Toby said...

Australian Desert Animals

Anonymous said...

5:50...I am aware of what that man is doing in Brazil. I'm afraid nature is going to have to have its hand back since we are too stupid to do anything about the shape of this lovely earth. Anyong