World’s protected areas lack connections, recent study finds




The world’s protected areas are largely a jumble of disjointed refuges, separated from each other by the encroachment of human impacts, a recent study has found.

Fewer than 10% of these parks and preserves are connected by intact habitat, the research, published Sept. 11 in the journal Nature Communications, found, even as opportunities for connections exist: More than 40% of the Earth’s surface remains intact.


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