Africa's ecosystems imperilled by mining frenzy

Laurance, William (2014) Africa's ecosystems imperilled by mining frenzy. Ecologist, 24 June 2014.

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[Extract] Africa sustains some of the most spectacular ecosystems on the planet - from the Sergengeti to the Congo Basin to the Eastern Arc forests. But those ecosystems and their iconic wildlife are now facing their greatest peril, writes William Laurance - a mining boom of unprecedented intensity. One the one hand, this mineral-fueled feeding frenzy has the potential to deliver direly needed economic growth to a continent whose population is still skyrocketing. The United Nations projects that Africa's population will nearly quadruple, from 1.1 to 4.2 billion people, by the end of this century. Yet on the other hand, the mining boom carries massive risks for the African environment and societies. In a recent article in Conservation Letters, 'Mining and the African environment', my colleagues and I summarize some key implications of this 'African avalanche'.

Item ID: 35167
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2015 01:44
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 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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