Mapping life on Earth to commit half to nature.

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Earth is experiencing a biodiversity crisis. The rate at which species are going extinct is more than 1,000 times higher than it has ever been before. To save ourselves and the irreplaceable plants, animals and ecological systems we depend on, we must act now.

We’ve been working with the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation to map the diversity of life on Earth and answer E.O Wilson’s call-to-action to commit half of the planet’s surface to nature. If we conserve half the Earth, we can safeguard the bulk of biodiversity from extinction. Together with Map of Life we're visualising the available species data at 1km resolution globally, to identify the places that contain the greatest diversity of life and the rarest of species, and informing decisions on which half to protect.

E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.

October 2017.

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Visualising biodiversity

Data collected by scientists, amateur naturalists, satellites and sensors are painting an increasingly detailed picture of our planet. We used React and a cartographic library called Cesium to create a virtual, interactive globe that can be spun, magnified and layered with data. The resulting visualisations are a beautiful way to discover where life exists, understand the pressure it’s under, and how it can be managed to achieve the goal of Half-Earth.


Educate with delight

Presenting information in novel ways, like an interactive globe, opens up the possibility of learning something new, or gaining a fresh perspective on known facts. We believe it’s easier to inspire change when people feel joy, surprise and delight so every feature is designed to spark curiosity and engagement. As each person moves a toggle, selects a word, or spins the globe, they’ll bring data to life in a story that’s unique to them.

Tracking progress


The Half-Earth Project uses the latest science and technology to map thousands of species around the world.


We used Cesium, a 3D cartographic library, to build the interactive globe on which these maps can be viewed.


The underlying data is carefully curated by Map of Life, helping us track our progress towards the goal of Half-Earth.

Explore Half-Earth Maps

Map biodiversity, conservation areas, and human activities.

What are people saying about it?

“Unless humanity learns a great deal more about global biodiversity and moves quickly to protect it, we will soon lose most of the species composing life on Earth.”

E.O. Wilson

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