World's Wilderness Reduced By A Tenth Since 1990's

Recent research has shown that an estimated 3.3 million sq km of wilderness area has been lost since the 1990's. This is almost 10% of the total wilderness classified area. This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed quickly, because of the ecological and cultural value that wild areas represent. Many indigenous people habit these areas in addition to many kinds of endangered plants and animals. Without them, we would lose much of the biodiversity that is present on Earth. However, in many international conservation agreements, declining wild areas are ignored. If nothing is done to change this, than researchers say that "rewilding," or attempts to restore industrialized areas to nature, will all be ineffective.

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