Increase of land with protected state required in the world

Land and waters protection should raise to 17% and 10% respectively by the end of this decade, according to a report by the United Nations environment programme (Unep) and others, published at the 2012 edition of the World Conservation Congress.

An area more than twice the size of Argentina would have to be designated on land as reserves, and at sea an area greater than Australia would need to be put under marine protection in order to meet the internationally set targets to prevent rampant species loss (with the predictable negative effects on environment, humans and business), The Guardian summarises.