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Humanity's footprint is squashing the world's wildlife

The planet's wildlife is increasingly living under the boot of humankind, a new study claims.

A group of researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), University of Queensland and elsewhere used a comprehensive dataset on the "human footprint," which calculates the accumulated impact of human activities on the land's surface, to discover that a staggering 20,529 terrestrial vertebrate species are facing intense pressure from humanity.

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