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September 19, 2020 - The Guardian

'Shocking': wilderness the size of Mexico lost worldwide in just 13 years, study finds

'Shocking': wilderness the size of Mexico lost worldwide in just 13 years, study finds
Wilderness lost, the size of Mexico© Photabulous!

Wilderness across the planet is disappearing on a huge scale, according to a new study that found human activities had converted an area the size of Mexico from virtually intact natural landscapes to heavily modified ones in just 13 years.

The loss of 1.9m square kilometres (735,000 sq miles) of intact ecosystems would have “profound implications” for the planet’s biodiversity, the study’s authors said.

Using mostly satellite imagery, 17 scientists across six countries examined the human footprint across the globe and how it had changed between 2000 and 2013.

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