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September 8, 2016 | Newsweek | Published News | Douglas Main

Map: James Watson et al. / Current Biology

In the past 20 years, humans have destroyed 10 percent of the world’s wilderness, an area that’s more than twice the size of Alaska.

It’s the first quantitative measure of the world’s wilderness and how much has been lost, and many scientists are surprised by the degree of decline.

This is shocking, and clearly “not enough has been done to protect wilderness,” says Hugh Possingham, a researcher with Australia’s University of Queensland, who wasn’t involved in the paper, ...

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