If you follow environmental news, every day it seems like the world is getting worse . One landmark study found that animals are going extinct 1,000 times faster than their natural rate because of human influence and habitat loss. To help fight back against these worrying trends, Swiss billionaire and conservationist Hansjörg Wyss will be donating $1 billion over the next 10 years through his Wyss Foundation . In a New York Times op-ed published Wednesday, Wyss wrote that the natural world is best conserved as public national parks , wildlife refuges and marine reserves, "forever open for everyone to experience and explore." "For the sake of all living things, let’s see to it that far more of our planet is protected by the people, for the… https://t.co/HX7OR8nNLV — Wyss Campaign for Nature (@WyssCampaign) 1540989437.0 Scientists have concluded that at least 50 percent of the planet needs to be protected in order to save a large majority of plant and wildlife species from extinction. However, as Wyss noted, only 15 percent of the planet’s lands and 7 percent of the oceans have been protected in a natural state . "Every one of us—citizens, philanthropists, business and government leaders—should be […]

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