HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Global analysis finds a large portion of the earth is still wilderness

August 18, 2003, Washington, DC According to the most comprehensive global analysis of its kind ever conducted, wilderness still covers a large portion of the Earth's land surface and contains only a tiny percentage of the world's population but, surprisingly, only five wilderness areas hold globally significant levels of biodiversity. More than 200 international scientists contributed to the analysis, which is featured in this week's online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study will appear in the September 2nd print edition.

The 24 wilderness areas identified by the analysis represent 44 percent of the Earth's land surface, but are occupied by just 3 percent of the world's population. Five of the wilderness areas fall, at least in part, within the United States, with the North American Desert complex (including northern Mexico) being one of just five "high biodiversity wilderness areas" globally that are high priorities for conservation attention. Only 7 percent of the wilderness areas enjoy any form of protection. Meanwhile, they face threats such as destructive agricultural practices, unsustainable hunting, invasive species, and resource extraction activities like industrial-scale logging and mining.

"Sixteen of the wilderness areas have roughly equal to or less than one person per square kilometer, and a human population of only 43 million, representing an area equivalent to the six largest countries on Earth combined, but with the human population of only three big cities," said lead author Russell Mittermeier, President of Conservation International. "The good news is that we still have these large tracts of land largely intact and uninhabited, but they are increasingly under threat" he warned.

Only five wilderness areas are considered "high-biodiversity wilderness areas" because they contain at least 1,500 endemic vascular plant species, the same criterion used for defining 'biodiversity hotspots.' The
'"/>

Contact: Brad Phillips
b.phillips@conservation.org
202-912-1532
Conservation International
18-Aug-2003


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Global competition closes Texas sawmills/paper mills
2. Global warming and the onward march of the pine
3. Global warming to squeeze western mountains dry by 2050
4. Global warming may cause songbirds to avoid certain foods
5. Global wetlands surveyed from space
6. Fourteen Grand Challenges in Global Health announced
7. Global garden grows greener
8. Jane Goodall to receive 2003 Global Environmental Citizen Award
9. Global analysis finds nearly half the Earth is still wilderness
10. Global warming has uneven effect on coastal animals
11. Global aluminium waste headache solved

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Global analysis finds large portion the earth still wilderness

(Date:7/29/2014)... two of the major disciplines behind Jurassic Park is ... stunning photographs and unique illustrations. , Fossil Insects, by ... incredible preservation and diversity of fossilised insects from around ... fossils can tell us about the ancient and modern ... the mosquito in Jurassic Park, many of the hundreds ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for other purposes can ... human cells, including those that cause Legionnaires, disease, brucellosis, ... mBio , the online open-access journal of the American ... non-antibiotic drugs that could one day help curb bacterial ... list inhibit the growth of at least three of ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... people in the United States have a circulatory problem ... be painful and may even require surgery in serious ... wasting and, in turn, limb amputation. , At The ... Medical School, scientists tested a non-surgical preventative treatment in ... associated with increased blood circulation. Their proof-of-concept study ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Unique images bring fossil insects back to life 2New route to identify drugs that can fight bacterial infections 2Scientists discover genetic switch that can prevent peripheral vascular disease in mice 2
(Date:7/28/2014)... (PRWEB) July 28, 2014 The Workgroup ... authority on the use of health IT to create ... Health Plan Identifier (HPID) Workgroup has developed an ... Health Plan and Payer?” The HPID Workgroup, a part ... with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... 28, 2014 Proove Biosciences , ... be exhibiting data and research conducted through their latest ... Intervention Society’s (ISIS) 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting. The ... Hyatt Regency, in Orlando, Florida. , The ... competence of physicians who care for patients suffering specificity ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... 2014 According to ... (Consumables, Instruments, Services), Methods (Phenotypic, Genotypic), Applications (Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic, ... Characterization) - Global Forecasts to 2019" published ... estimated at $896.5 Million in 2014 and ... 2019, growing at a CAGR of 5.9% ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... , July 28, 2014   Propeller Health ... disease, announced the hire of Brad Towle ... will be responsible for driving the company,s sales growth, ... experience in healthcare, and specifically his past role in ... to the company at this pivotal time in the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:WEDI’s HPID Workgroup Announces Release of Issue Brief: “What is the Difference Between a Health Plan and Payer?” 2Proove Biosciences Exhibits Industry Leading Data and Research at International Spine Intervention Society’s 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting 2Microbial Identification Market worth $1,194.1 Million by 2019 2Microbial Identification Market worth $1,194.1 Million by 2019 3Propeller Health Hires Brad Towle as Senior Vice President of Business and Client Development 2
Cached News: