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Hear it Again: Roads devastated our ecosystems. But they might also save them

caption: From turtle crossings to butterfly migrations, "Crossings" covers the ways in which roads damage -- and benefit -- ecosystems across the country.
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From turtle crossings to butterfly migrations, "Crossings" covers the ways in which roads damage -- and benefit -- ecosystems across the country.
Courtesy of W.W. Norton and Company

There’s something so romantic about roads, if you’re a human. Nature might have something else to say about them.

While connecting people and communities, roads have rerouted centuries-old migration routes. Roads grant us access to some of the most scenic corners of the planet, and at the same time, offer access to their destruction.

Understanding those interconnected impacts literally drove author Ben Goldfarb across the country as he researched his book, “Crossings: How Road Ecology is Shaping the Future of our Planet.”

Goldfarb says that practically everything in our natural world is influenced by our global road network. And figuring out the benefits and perils of that network is at the heart of what’s known as “road ecology.”

Soundside host Libby Denkmann spoke with Goldfarb in Sept. 2023.

Listen to the full Soundside interview by clicking "play" on the audio button above.

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