Roads to ruin: expanding transportation networks imperil global biodiversity

Laurance, William F. (2009) Roads to ruin: expanding transportation networks imperil global biodiversity. In: Gandarias, Cecilia, (ed.) The Multiple Faces of Globalization. UNSPECIFIED, Spain, pp. 198-211.

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Here I evaluate the impacts of roads from a broad environmental standpoint. At the outset, I describe how and why economic globalization is promoting rapid road expansion in many previously road-free areas. I then highlight the manifold environmental impacts of roads on native ecosystems and wildlife. Finally, I consider some strategies to reduce the impacts and extent of roads. As will quickly become apparent, I hold a deeply ambivalent view of roads: they are a necessary part of contemporary life, but they are sometimes environmentally devastating.

Item ID: 10111
Item Type: Book Chapter (Non-Commercial)
ISBN: 978-84-7506-909-8
Keywords: tropical biology, conservation, deforestation, developing nations, infrastructure, roads, tropical forests
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Date Deposited: 25 May 2010 23:29
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060202 Community Ecology (excl Invasive Species Ecology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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