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Orangutans: could 'half-Earth' conservation save the red ape?

By Erik Meijaard, Adjunct Professor of Conservation, University of Kent
Serge Wich, Professor of Primate Biology, Liverpool John Moores University
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Half-Earth is a proposal by the late naturalist and “father of biodiversity”, EO Wilson. In its original context, it proposes that half of the Earth’s surface should be designated a human-free nature reserve to preserve biodiversity.

The proposal of course raises some pretty big questions. What happens to the people that happen to live in the areas designated to become human free? Would we give up on biodiversity in…The Conversation


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