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More than 90 per cent of protected areas are disconnected

Source: uq.edu.au

Ongoing land clearing for agriculture, mining and urbanisation is isolating and disconnecting Earth’s protected natural areas from each other, a new study shows.

Lead author Michelle Ward, from The University of Queensland’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, said the findings were “alarming”.

“Protected areas are vital for the protection and survival of plants, animals and ecosystems,” Ms Ward said. MORE

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