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The world’s remaining wilderness. Dark blue = terrestrial. Light blue = marine. Modified with permission from Protect the last of the wild, Watson et al, Nature (2018)

Five maps that reveal the world’s remaining wilderness

Zooming in on deforestation and other wild habitat loss can help us work out how best to protect wilderness.
Imagine this with a sound track – sunset near Turtle Rock, Joshua Tree National Park. NPS / Hannah Schwalbe

Listening to nature: How sound can help us understand environmental change

From bird songs to wind patterns, sound is a key but often underappreciated element of natural places. Learning how to listen to nature can alert us to changes in the environment before we see them.
Mountain biking seems harmless but can damage soil and scare wildlife. Pixabay

Trails on trial: which human uses are OK for protected areas?

National parks and nature reserves are vital for conservation, but are also great places for recreation. Balancing the two is tricky, but it can be done if we realise parks are not just playgrounds.
Trees have died in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo., as climate change has intensified bark beetle infestations and drought. Patrick Gonzalez

Human-caused climate change severely exposes the US national parks

As climate change alters temperature and precipitation patterns across the US, it is having especially severe impacts on national parks. These changes could happen faster than many plants and animals can adapt.
The 2016 Maple fire (photographed in July 2017) reburned young forests that had regenerated after the 1988 Yellowstone fires. More frequent high-severity fires are expected in the future as climate warms, which may change patterns of forest recovery. Monica Turner

Here’s how forests rebounded from Yellowstone’s epic 1988 fires – and why that could be harder in the future

Huge fires roared through Yellowstone National Park in the summer of 1988, scorching one-third of the park. Since then the park has been a valuable lab for studying how forests recover from fires.
Conservation groups are organizing soccer games to help bridge the gaps between park rangers and communities. (Shutterstock)

How soccer games can help protect wildlife

Environmental organizations are using games to engage communities on conservation matters.
The wilderness in Canada’s parks is shrinking due to encroaching business. Pictured here: the Glacier Skywalk in Jasper National Park is cantilevered 280 metres over the Sunwapta Valley floor. (Jack Borno/Wikimedia)

It’s time to press the reset button on Canada’s national parks

Canada's national parks don't need more visitors. They could use more scientists, and better science, to help conserve the country's species.

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