John James Audubon relied on African Americans and Native Americans to collect some specimens for his ‘Birds of America’ prints (shown: Florida cormorant), but never credited them.
National Audubon Society
US ideas about conservation center on walling off land from use. That approach often means expelling Indigenous and other poor people who may be its most effective caretakers.
Protecting the continent’s remaining pristine wilderness areas is urgent, but achievable.
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)
Zooming in on deforestation and other wild habitat loss can help us work out how best to protect wilderness.
‘The Dog’ (1820-1823) by Francisco Goya.
Museo del Prado
As people have grown closer and more connected, the old definition of loneliness slipped away – and a new one has emerged.
Brazil, home to the Amazon, is one of just five ‘mega-wilderness’ countries.
More than two-thirds of Earth's remaining wilderness is in the hands of just five countries, according to a new global map. A concerted conservation effort is needed to save our last wild places.
From wealth, to the natural world, to genes and intelligence, a podcast exploring the theme of inheritance.
Predatory fish are among the most vulnerable species to human pressures.
The world has some 500 million square kilometres of ocean. But just 55 million square kilometres remain untouched by intensive human activities such as fishing.
Hiking the Savage River Loop in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
Many studies have shown that time outdoors is good for our physical health. Three wilderness education experts explain why periods alone in nature also provide mental and spiritual benefits.
Pause and reflect on what really makes wilderness valuable.
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Imagine being one of the last few people alive. Would that make it ok to destroy the natural world? This thought experiment reveals the true value of nature, beyond the benefits to humans.
Australia’s Purnululu National Park is a World Heritage wilderness, but many other pristine places lack similar protection.
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Wilderness areas are vitally important, yet are largely overlooked by the United Nations' list of natural World Heritage. This week's meeting in Poland is a chance to redress that balance.
The Simien mountains in Ethiopia are one of the world’s most threatened natural heritage sites.
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You'd hope we wouldn't flatten the pyramids to build a highway. But that's exactly what's happening to the world's natural heritage sites.
Timber stockpiled along a logging road.
A new mapping study shows that roads have sliced and diced almost the entire land surface of Earth, leaving huge areas prone to illegal logging, mining and hunting.
Cheetahs have extraordinarily low genetic diversity, placing them at risk.
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Wildlife in wilderness areas have more genetic diversity, which is better for their survival.
Fires in 1997 in Indonesia released over a billion tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. Indonesia’s forests burned again in 2015.
The world has lost 10% of its wilderness areas in the past 20 years and, with it, vast stores of carbon.
Residents near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota and many others are concerned of the impact of mining in its headwaters.
Almost 100 years ago, the foundations to preserve the Boundary Waters in Minnesota for recreation were put in place. Now residents are debating whether to allow a mine in its headwaters.
Fragments of woodland surrounded by cleared land in south west Australia.
Australia may have reputation for vast areas of wilderness, but in reality the continent's ecosystems have been chopped and diced. Now we need to protect what's left.
There’s no escape…
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Should certain places, such as national parks and wilderness areas, be off-limits to cellphones and Wi-Fi?
The potential rezoning of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area for tourism development begs the question: just what is wilderness, and what is it good for?
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The Tasmanian government this month released a draft of the revised management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which proposes rezoning certain areas from “wilderness zones” to “remote…
Anyone got any loo roll?
In a rare conservation success story, research has shown that numbers of wild large carnivores in the continent have been…
Martha Koowarta, her late husband John and her Wik people have had to fight since the 1970s for their land rights in north Queensland to be properly recognised.
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This week’s Federal Court ruling that the Wild Rivers declarations introduced by the former Queensland Labor Government were rushed and invalid was the long-awaited result many Cape York Indigenous groups…