Brexit: Ireland's land bridge to the continent boosts air pollution in the UK

Irish trade with the EU contributes an additional 34 tonnes of toxic nitrogen oxides to air in the UK each year.

William Bloss, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Sept. 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: brexit ireland air-pollution uk roads motorways freight eu-trade no-deal-brexit

Culverts – the major threat to fish you've probably never heard of

Fish need to cross roads too. But the tunnels built to channel rivers under roads and railways can block their migrations.

Sayali Pawar, Research Fellow in GIS and Environmental Change, Swansea University • conversation
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: biodiversity fish construction dams rivers freshwater-biology roads eels

With fewer cars on US streets, now is the time to reinvent roadways and how we use them

City streets were built to accommodate cars, but the COVID-19 pandemic has scrambled our transport needs. Many cities are moving to make streets more people-friendly and less car-centric.

Kevin J. Krizek, Professor of Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
July 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cars urban-planning transportation roads traffic sustainable-cities postpandemic-future traffic-jam city-planning bicycles hoverboards

How your car sheds microplastics into the ocean thousands of miles away

New research reveals how roads channel microplastics from car tires and brake pads to remote ocean habitats.

Claire Gwinnett, Professor in Forensic and Environmental Science, Staffordshire University • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cars microplastics plastic-pollution roads ocean-plastic

How bird life may be affected by roads – and what to do about it

My research into Britain's birds found 77% of species varied in abundance around roads.

Sophia C Cooke, Research Associate, University of Cambridge • conversation
July 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: birds wildlife-conservation roads

With construction paused, let's rethink roads and railway projects to protect people and nature

Road and rail construction is booming in sub-Saharan Africa, but the pandemic has brought a welcome pause for reflection.

Brock Bersaglio, Lecturer in Environment and Development, University of Birmingham • conversation
June 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: kenya wildlife roads tanzania zambia sub-saharan-africa railways motorways

Smart concrete could let roads repair themselves

A new kind of concrete could let roads and bridges "heal" after cracking. That could cut down the costs and frequency of road repairs.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence materials-science infrastructure cars sensors roads science-and-technology

Reports of UK roadkill down two-thirds – but will hedgehogs thrive after lockdown?

Road networks are emptying during lockdown. What does it mean for wildlife now and in the future?

Lauren Moore, PhD Candidate in Road Ecology, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic uk-wildlife lockdown hedgehogs roads traffic

15,000 miles of new roads will cut tiger habitat

Plans to build nearly 15,000 miles of road through tiger habitats in Asia by mid-century will up the risk for the big cat's extinction, researchers warn.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
May 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: conservation infrastructure tigers roads earth-and-environment

Endangered tigers face growing threats from an Asian road-building boom

A new study forecasts that thousands of miles of new road construction will cut through tiger habitat across Asia by 2050. Planning can make these projects more tiger-friendly.

Neil Carter, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Conservation, University of Michigan • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: china india infrastructure wildlife wildlife-conservation endangered-species tigers planning asia poaching habitat roads wildlife-corridors habitat-fragmentation belt-and-road-initiative

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