The Impact of Roads

Road cutting through forest
Written by Mahonri Gibson

A recent article in The New Yorker draws attention to the habitat fragmentation caused by building roads throughout the world, and the impact this has on all species that are reliant on that habitat.

Roads are incredibly useful for people, and the International Energy Agency estimates that more than 15 million miles of new paved road will be built before the middle of the century.

The effects of all of these ‘edges’, areas were roads cut into natural habitats, are ruinous, whether that ecosystem is a forest, prairie, or just a patch of moss.

Read more at The New Yorker

About the author

Mahonri Gibson

Mahonri Gibson is a social entrepreneur, environmentalist, sailor, and photographer. He spent 6 years in the U.S. Air Force as a pararescueman, before deciding to do something more useful with his life.

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