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Cinco países poseen 70% de las últimas áreas vírgenes del mundo

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November 14-29, 2018 -- La conferencia de las partes de la Convención sobre Diversidad Biológica se reúne en Egipto para trabajar en un plan para la protección dela biodiversidad más allá de 2020. En anticipación de la reunión, invesstigadores de la Universidad de Queensland (UQ) y Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) han producido por primera vez un mapa global que establece cuales son los países responsables de las áreas naturales que no tienen actividad industrial intensa.

Scientists say that 77% of land, excluding Antarctica, and 87% of the ocean has been modified by human industry and warn that urgent international action is needed to protect the planet’s few remaining wild places.

According to the study, published in the journal Nature, just five countries - Australia, the U.S., Brazil, Russia and Canada - hold 70 per cent of all the wilderness.

The researchers created a global map by combining 2016 data, which looked at the human impact on land, with 2018 data that analysed our impact on the oceans.

Wilderness, the study’s authors said, is defined as an area not subject to direct human use.

These areas are the only places on earth that have natural levels of biodiversity, and can continue to sustain plant and animal species on an evolutionary time scale.

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