Human activity is responsible for the disappearance of a football field’s worth of natural land in the American West every two and a half minutes, a report released Tuesday found.Conducted by the Center for American Progress and the Conservation Science Partners, the “Disappearing West” project is the first analysis to quantify how much natural landscape the region has lost due to road construction, energy infrastructure, agricultural and timber operations and urban sprawl.
In the 11 states studied — Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming — researchers found that between 2001 and 2011, about 4,300 square miles of natural areas disappeared because of development. That’s an area slightly larger than Yellowstone National Park.
And this is unique compared to what’s been happening for decades – how? How silly. Really. Development is booming all over the place. Zoning rules in most places allow the plunder of wild lands rather than demolishing and rebuilding, reusing land already developed. This is the American Way!!!
If this is one of your interests, check out James Howard Kunstler – he does great work on urban sprawl and the ridiculous impracticality of suburbia as well as lots of other stuff.