In science, it’s rare that a new idea comes along that stops people in their tracks.
For those who care about the world’s rapidly shrinking wilderness areas, this has just happened.
ALERT director Bill Laurance highlights this vital research finding and its implications for conservation here.
In just the last two decades, the world's wilderness areas have shrunk by a tenth.
We already know lots of good reasons to protect wild places. But the the new study puts a fundamentally different spin on things.
Simply put, it's a novel way of thinking about the value of wilderness that every conservationist and ecologist should know about.