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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Fewer people spending time outdoors

An article on MSNBC references a recent study that concludes people are spending more time in front of their televisions and computers and less time outdoors:

Associated Press
updated 4:54 p.m. ET, Mon., Feb. 4, 2008

WASHINGTON - As people spend more time communing with their televisions and computers, the impact is not just on their health, researchers say. Less time spent outdoors means less contact with nature and, eventually, less interest in conservation and parks.

Camping, fishing and per capita visits to parks are all declining in a shift away from nature-based recreation, researchers report in Monday’s online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“Declining nature participation has crucial implications for current conservation efforts,” wrote co-authors Oliver R. W. Pergams and Patricia A. Zaradic. “We think it probable than any major decline in the value placed on natural areas and experiences will greatly reduce the value people place on biodiversity conservation.”

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