A new global map reveals the areas where animals are at risk of extinct.
This is the first study to map Earth habitat fragmentation for almost 4,000 species.
Above, red indicates highly fragmented areas and blue indicates areas with low fragmentation click to enlarge).
Scientists discovered that species with more habitat fragmentation are at greater extinction risk.
Study lead author Professor Kevin Crooks, of Colorado State University, said:
“For the first time in Earth’s history, one species – Homo sapiens, or humans – dominates the globe.
In contrast to prior eras, we travel and communicate across the entire planet.
Unfortunately, the more ‘connected’ we become, non-human life with which we share this planet becomes increasingly disconnected, at their peril.”
Image credit Kevin Crooks
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