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Curr Biol. 2015 Mar 30;25(7):R259-62. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.02.050. Epub 2015 Mar 5.

Reducing the global environmental impacts of rapid infrastructure expansion.

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1
Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science, and College of Marine and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland 4878, Australia. Electronic address: bill.laurance@jcu.edu.au.
2
PCS Environmental and Social Impacts, A. Van Burenlaan 54, 2012 SM Haarlem, Netherlands.
3
WWF-Netherlands, Driebergseweg 10, 3708 JB Zeist, Netherlands.
4
Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, Heidelberglaan 2, 3584 CS Utrecht, Netherlands.
5
Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation, Roetersstraat 33, 1018 WB Amsterdam, Netherlands.
6
Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA.
7
Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Downing Place, Cambridge CB2 3EN, UK.
8
Faculty of Science, Utrecht University, Padualaan 8, 3584 CH Utrecht, Netherlands.

Abstract

Infrastructures, such as roads, mines, and hydroelectric dams, are proliferating explosively. Often, this has serious direct and indirect environmental impacts. We highlight nine issues that should be considered by project proponents to better evaluate and limit the environmental risks of such developments.

PMID:
25754645
DOI:
10.1016/j.cub.2015.02.050
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