A piece from Yale's environment 360 blog takes a look at the benefits of large-scale "rewilding" to protect biodiversity:
A Marshall Plan for the environment, rewilding promotes the expansion of core wilderness areas on a vast scale, the restoration of corridors between them (to fight the "island" effect of isolated parks and protected areas), and the reintroduction or protection of top predators.
Despite all the talk about Gaia in decades past, conservation efforts, as they've been perceived by the public at large, have too often been about saving a particular species-the spotted owl or the panda or whatever. While pandas are awesome, those narrow campaigns don't do much to help people understand how ecosystems work in a holistic way and we'll all be screwed-pandas, owls, and humans alike-if entire ecosystems collapse.Via BLDGBLOG.