Human Development Wiping Out Natural Land

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 2016 report 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.

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