One-third of the world’s protected areas face ‘shocking’ human impact

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2.3 million square miles — or around twice the size of Alaska — of protected areas around the world face human pressure from activities like road building, urbanization, or grazing, according to a new study. Lead author Kendall Jones, a PhD candidate at The University of Queensland, said in a statement, “We found major road infrastructure such as highways, industrial agriculture, and even entire cities occurring inside the boundaries of places supposed to be set aside for nature conservation… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Obama administration just protected the Arctic and Atlantic from drilling until 2022

With only two months left in office, President Obama’s administration just finalized its program for oil and gas leasing, and it will ensure protections for the Arctic and Atlantic oceans until 2022. In what is considered a major win for coastal regions and marine wildlife, these areas will not be subject to dangerous oil or gas drilling until climate change-denier and fossil fuel-guzzling proponent Donald Trump has completed his term in office – and perhaps even beyond.

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