Rebuilding a third of the most degraded landscapes on Earth could prevent about 70 percent of predicted extinctions from occurring and sequester about half of the additional CO2 removed by humanity since the Industrial Revolution.
That is according to a report, published in the journal Nature, which identified key areas where interventions would be most effective. There were opportunities for effective reconstruction on all continents.
“We were surprised by the magnitude of what we found, the huge difference that restoration can make,” Bernardo Strassburg, lead author of the report, told The Guardian. “Most of the priority areas are concentrated in developing countries, which can be challenging, but it also means that it is often more cost-effective to restore them.”
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