If you can’t build well, then build nothing at all

Laurance, William F. (2018) If you can’t build well, then build nothing at all. Nature, 563 (7731). p. 295.

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Esteemed Brazilian scientist Eneas Salati once said that the best thing that could be done for the Amazon was to blow up all the roads. By 2050, Earth could accumulate another 25 million kilometres of paved roads, according to the International Energy Agency — enough to encircle the planet more than 600 times. When a new road penetrates intact forest, it can facilitate illegal deforestation, poaching, fires and land investors bent on encouraging a building boom — factors that are rarely considered in cost–benefit analyses of planned infrastructure projects.

Item ID: 56141
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1476-4687
Keywords: cost-benefit analysis, dams, deforestation, environmental damage, infrastructure, roads
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2018 02:15
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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