Conservation ambitions must be set higher, research finds

18 Apr 2023
Natural vegetation is essential to achieving global goals on climate, biodiversity, soil conservation, and water quality. Credit: Prof. Martine Maron

Fifty per cent of Earth’s surface* must remain vegetated if humanity is to meet international goals for maintaining essentials such as food, clean water, and air, according to new research.

Dr April Reside, from The University of Queensland’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, said that much more loss of Earth’s native environments than we have already caused may prove disastrous.

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