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Unabridged   11.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/12/2023


How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696613156


An eye-opening account of the global ecological transformations wrought by roads, from the award-winning author of Eager.

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Some 40 million miles of roadways encircle the earth, yet we tend to regard them only as infrastructure for human convenience. While roads are so ubiquitous they're practically invisible to us, wild animals experience them as entirely alien forces of death and disruption. In Crossings, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb travels throughout the United States and around the world to investigate how roads have transformed our planet. A million animals are killed by cars each day in the US alone, but as the new science of road ecology shows, the harms of highways extend far beyond roadkill. Creatures from antelope to salmon are losing their ability to migrate in search of food and mates; invasive plants hitch rides in tire treads; road salt contaminates lakes and rivers; and the very noise of traffic chases songbirds from vast swaths of habitat.

Yet road ecologists are also seeking to blunt the destruction through innovative solutions. Goldfarb meets with conservationists building bridges for California’s mountain lions and tunnels for English toads, engineers deconstructing the labyrinth of logging roads that web national forests, animal rehabbers caring for Tasmania's car-orphaned wallabies, and community organizers working to undo the havoc highways have wreaked upon American cities.


"An astonishingly deep pool of wonders." —Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

"Crossings is ultimately an optimistic book; whether choosing to drive less or work for greater systemic change, readers will be inspired to act, imagining a possible future where cars and the roads on which we drive them no longer dominate every landscape." —Sara Beth West, Shelf Awareness

"Hillgartner's crisp storytelling style illuminates this powerful audiobook." —AudioFile

Author Bio

Ben Goldfarb is the author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. His writing has appeared in the Atlantic, National Geographic, the New York Times, and many other publications.