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In America and beyond, the spirit behind public lands is at risk | Hansjrg Wyss

Earths wild places cannot be saved by the hands of a few. Policy-makers must become evangelists for public lands There is no better place from which to take measure of our wild planet and to draw hope from humanity than the summit of a mountain. It was the view from Pikes Peak, after all, that I was awed by Longs Peak and Colorado’s rugged backcountry. I was also left with an indelible appreciation of appreciation that those places were not only safeguarded, but open and free for everyone to experience…

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World’s deepest lake crippled by putrid algae, poaching and pollution

Lake Baikal in Siberia comprises one fifth of the worlds unfrozen fresh water, but its precious fish stocks are disappearing Lake Baikal is undergoing its gravest crisis in recent history, experts say, as the government bans the seize of a signature fish that has lived in the world’s deepest lagoon for centuries but is now under threat. Holding one-fifth of the world’s unfrozen fresh water, Baikal in Russia’s Siberia is a natural wonder of” exceptional value to evolutionary science” meriting its index as a world heritage site by Unesco. Baikal’s…

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Wild Amazon faces destruction as Brazils farmers and loggers target national park

The Sierra Ricardo Franco park was meant to be a conservation area keeping rare wildlife To understand why the Brazilian government is purposely losing the battle against deforestation, all we need to do is retrace the bootmarks of the Edwardian adventurer Percy Fawcett along the Amazonian border with Bolivia. During a failed attempt to sweep a magnificent tabletop plateau here in 1906, the wanderer roughly croaked on the first of his numerous tours to South America. Back then, the field was so far from human habitation, the foliage so dense…

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Chiles new route of parks aims to save the wild beauty of Patagonia

The country has just added 11 m hectares of land to the national parks The road to Parque Pumaln is festooned with dozens of whitewater cataracts that decline down the steep cliffs into a thick forest overrun by ferns and plants with leaves as big as beach umbrellas. An active volcano is threatening sweep away the sparse human agreements that are scattered like frontier outposts, often propping populations of fewer than 100 inhabitants. The backdrop, however, unexpectedly changes at El Amarillo, a city of perfect picket fences, exquisitely designed bridges…

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