28 Jul '11, 11pm

Protected areas "insufficient" to stem biodiversity loss

Designating increasing amounts of land and sea as protected areas has failed to halt a "steep decline" in biodiversity, leaving an urgent reduction in man's ecological footprint as the only option for preserving the natural environment. That is the conclusion of a new study published yesterday in the Marine Ecology Progress Series journal, which calculates that levels of consumption and population growth mean we will need the productivity of up to 27 Earths by 2050 in order to halt recent declines in biodiversity. FURTHER READING Green Business Checklist: Carbon, water, travel and biodiversity John West agrees 'challenging' sustainable tuna targets Talks at Nagoya last year saw nations agree to protect more than 17 per cent of the world's land mass and 10 per cent of the oceans - a huge increase on the 5.8 per cent of land and 0.08 per cent of oceans that are currently pro...

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