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Roads to Ruin?

In a new article in Australasian Science, CTBCC's Bill Laurance, with TESS lead author Mason Campbell and co-author Mohammed Alamgir discuss the ongoing problem of massive habitat loss due to road construction in the tropics and sub-tropics.

The authors cite some disturbing statistics - we are living in the most aggressive era of road-building in human history; by 2050 we will have another 25 million kilometres of paved roads on Earth – enough to encircle the globe more than 600 times. 

Some 95% of all deforestation in the Amazon occurs within 5.5 km of a road, while for every kilometre of legal road there are nearly 3 km of illegal roads.  

However, the authors do offer some ideas on how to offset the environmental damage road building causes.

Read the full article here