Climate change threaten seven the most intact systems. Global markets continue to expand their reach. The quest for oil, gas, and minerals requires the development of infrastructure that exposes once-wild areas to human settlement and agricultural expansion. These threats are both larger and more dynamic than traditional threats to wildlife. As a result, we must continually search for creative solutions that balance increasing pressures for the land and resources necessary for economic development with the need to ensure that we maintain the integrity of natural systems required to support that development, and realize our mission to save wildlife and wild places.
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