Study: Earth’s wilderness areas rapidly vanishing

This article discusses a study that shows that Earth’s wilderness areas rapidly vanishing. The world’s last remaining wilderness areas are rapidly disappearing, a report warns.

“A century ago, only 15 percent of the Earth’s surface was used by humans to grow crops and raise livestock,” lead author James Watson said. “Today, more than 77 percent of land – excluding Antarctica – has been modified by human activities,” said Watson, a scientist at the University of Queensland in Australia.

The study, which was was published Wednesday in the British journal Nature. also said that about “87 percent of the ocean has been modified by the direct effects of human activities.”

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