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Science  18 Mar 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6279, pp. 1271
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf1485

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Imagine a chain of uninterrupted wild landscapes spanning the savannas and forests of southern and central Africa, the woodlands of Poland and Belarus, and the tropical forests of Central and South America. By committing half of the planet's terrestrial and marine surface to nature, Edward O. Wilson believes that we can save millions of species, as well as humanity. This is Wilson's audacious proposal to stave off the coming biological apocalypse, the sixth mass extinction event, which he outlines in Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life.