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The wild Earth: a half of the planet has never been exposed to humans

A half of the planet has never been exposed to humans

An international group of researchers led by specialists from the National Geographic Society and the University of California at Davis, concluded that part of our planet is not exposed to humans. About half of the ice-free Earth was not exposed to humans. The researchers compared the last four global maps reflecting the conversion of natural land into anthropogenic.

Based on that analysis, they concluded that part of the planet hosts cities, arable land, and mining sites. And the second part of the planet is the Wild Earth, and the human foot has never stepped on it.


Jason Reggio, Ph.D. in the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology, considers that result as an encouraging factor. In his point of view, humanity has time to keep half the globe intact. Today, about 15% of the planet’s surface and 10% of the oceans and other water resources are protected, that is expressed in one form or another. But the environmentalists proclaim bold calls to commit themselves to providing 30% of the planet’s state security with the same amount of water resources by 2030.

And in 2050, increase these figures to 50%. The wild areas have huge reserves and resources. First of all, they can help to cleanse the air and water of the rest of the globe, process nutrients, increase soil fertility and retention, pollinate plants and destroy waste. Keeping these unique ecosystems safe is priceless.

The coronavirus pandemic clearly demonstrates the destructive factors of the humanity. During the period of quarantine measures, the atmospheric air of many territories became cleaner, the rivers and seas cleared, but at the same time, the scientists do not exclude the impact of the wild world on humans, suggesting that animals could become carriers of the coronavirus.


To prevent that from happening again, the researchers insist on reducing the risks of distinguishing between the wild world and human habitats. It can help regional planning, developing both cities and agricultural areas.