18 Sep '12, 3pm

Explosive Urban Growth To Put Major Strain on Biodiversity

18 Sep 2012: Explosive Urban Growth To Put Major Strain on Biodiversity The world’s urban areas will expand by more than 1.2 million square kilometers by 2030 , nearly tripling the area of urban development that existed worldwide in 2000, according to a new study. That development surge, researchers say, will coincide with construction of new roads, buildings, and energy and water systems, causing considerable habitat loss in critical biodiversity hotspots — including many regions that were relatively undisturbed by development only a decade ago. Writing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , researchers from Yale, Texas A&M, and Boston University predicted that nearly half of that urban expansion will occur in Asia, particularly in China and India. Urban growth will occur fastest in Africa, they say, with a projected six-fold increase in land dev...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/explosive_urban_growth_to_put...

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