12 Feb '18, 8pm

Rewriting biological history: Trump border wall puts wildlife at risk

Rewriting biological history: Trump border wall puts wildlife at risk

Wall-to-wall problems with Trump’s wall Notably, Trump didn’t originate this north-south wildlife connectivity conundrum, though his plan promises to greatly magnify it. About one-third of the border already has one of three kinds of fencing [pdf]. There are 300 miles of low vehicle barriers (such as the already mentioned Normandy barriers), which are relatively permeable for most species. The remaining 405 miles consists of formidable walls, typically 15 feet or more high (4.5 meters), called pedestrian fencing. In some places these walls are doubled or even tripled, destroying connectivity. The George W. Bush administration waived numerous environmental laws to erect most of this infrastructure in the mid-2000s, to conservationists’ deep and abiding dismay. Activists have since vocally opposed wall building on environmental, humanitarian, budgetary and practical grounds,...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/02/rewriting-biological-hi...

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