Disappearing wilderness

BBC News reports that a tenth of the world’s wilderness has vanished in the past two decades, research shows. New maps show “alarming losses” of pristine landscapes, particularly in South America and Africa, according to World Conservation Society scientists. They argue in Current Biology that wild areas are ignored in international conservation agreements, despite their ecological and cultural value. About 20% of the world’s land area is classed as wilderness. By this, scientists mean landscapes free of large-scale human disturbances such as housing, development and industry.

This is yet another of so many recent reports about the advance of the Machine World into the Natural World that is hastening the capacity of planetary ecosytems to maintain themselves as the burgeoning ‘no limits’ demands of population and wealth accumulation sided by fosiil-fuel driven technology push human impact beyond ‘planetary boundaries’.

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