Human land use wasn’t always at nature’s expense

21 Apr 2021
Indigenous people
Indigenous villagers in the heavily forested state of Odisha, India.

Nearly three-quarters of Earth’s land had been transformed by humans by 10,000BC, but new research shows it largely wasn’t at the expense of the natural world.

A study involving University of Queensland researchers combined global maps of population and land use over the past 12,000 years with current biodiversity data, demonstrating the effective environmental stewardship of Indigenous and traditional peoples.

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