Researchers create global road maps showing potential economic and ecological consequences of new roads

(Phys.org) —A multinational team of researchers has published a paper in the journal Nature, offering a way towards better global planning for road construction. They highlight the benefits of road building along with detriments and include maps of the world they've constructed that indicate where road building would be economically beneficial, where it would be ecologically harmful and where it would be both. Stephen Perz of the University of Florida offers a News & Vies piece on the roadmap idea proposed by the team in the same journal issue.

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