The West is no longer wild – nor any other cardinal directions, a new paper reports.
The first comprehensive large-scale map of wildlife in the world shows that only 23% of the world can be seen in the desert. The analysis included all terrestrial and marine environment, except for Antarctica. All other places of the earth have directly touched human activities.
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"These results are a terrible thing that is characteristic of the planet's last wildlife," says Forest Watson Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Quinville University. "The loss of deserts should be treated the same way we are able to survive."
"There is no first cut after the reversal, the decision is forever."
Conclusions describe a special concern because desert areas play an important role in mitigating the planet's human influence, including species extinction and climate change.
The team defined the deserts as the fledgling level of industrial activity. Local communities can live, hunting, fish, food or other things that they want to do in these territories before the development of community community in industrial society. They are the last intact ecosystems and are much stronger than their counterparts. Some previous work (here is an example) showed that intensive ecosystems are much more effective than carbon intrusion, rather than degraded ones – in general, they are twice as big as the degraded personality element. In the oceans, extreme habitats are the last regions that can still support the most prey animals, such as tuna, marinas, or sharks.
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If this two point is not enough to make you dare, first of all, to shame you. Secondly, this is not just an environmental issue. Wild territories are millions of indigenous inhabitants who create a very deep connection in their environment. Their culture, as well as their livelihoods, are deeply rooted in the wilderness – has lost the most unique culture of many of the world's efficient use.
But everything is not lost. The authors point out that two planned meetings of key decision makers will be crucial to maintaining the wild territories of the earth. This is the 14th Meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity Convention on November 17-29 and the Framework Convention on Climate Change, held on December 2-14 in Poland, Katowice.
Only 20 countries have 94% of the world's maritime and terrestrial deserts (except for Antarctic and High Seas). Five of them (Russia, Canada, Australia, the United States and Brazil) together with 70%. The authors say that these countries may create or break our efforts to protect the ecosystems of the Earth's last wildlife.
"Wilderness is only global if these countries are in the lead," said John Robinson, WCS executive vice president, WCS and co-author.
"Now, on board this kind of leadership is missing, we have lost so much, we have to understand these opportunities in the desert before it disappears forever."
Authors and their organizations call participants to meetings to ensure a mandatory target for conservation. They prefer a 100% conservation of all the unchanged wild ecosystems as a bold but achievable goal. Formally documenting the possibilities of carbon sequestration and storage of desert territories and taking into consideration their policy recommendations, will facilitate governments such as ecosystems in their emission reduction strategies.
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