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The value of wilderness

The value of wilderness

We have just been asked to absorb some shocking news, courtesy of a study published in the journal Current Biology: In the past 20 years humans destroyed 10 percent — over 1 million square miles — of the planet's wilderness. Without decisive action, we will probably destroy all that remains unprotected by 2050; and that is a large expanse, approaching 20 percent of the planet's entire land-area.

This information arrives at a time when environmentalism is on sounder footing than ever before. Some of us will remember the Reagan years, when it wasn't uncommon to see bumper stickers bearing...