Energy Sprawl

By Keith Kloor | August 27, 2009 9:17 pm

As this post and this article in Nature suggest, going all-out renewable will gobble up some major habitat–if it’s not done right.

There are two money quotes in Amanda Leigh Mascarelli’s excellent Nature piece. The first is from Jimmie Powell, a policy expert at The Nature Conservancy:

If we are to prevent serious, damaging climate change, it will require one of the largest land-use changes in the history of the country.

The second is from conservation biologist Martha Groom:

I’m someone who believes that habitat change is as big a threat to our world today and our society as is climate change.


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About Keith Kloor

Keith Kloor is a NYC-based journalist, and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. His work has appeared in Slate, Science, Discover, and the Washington Post magazine, among other outlets. From 2000 to 2008, he was a senior editor at Audubon Magazine. In 2008-2009, he was a Fellow at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism, in Boulder, where he studied how a changing environment (including climate change) influenced prehistoric societies in the U.S. Southwest. He covers a wide range of topics, from conservation biology and biotechnology to urban planning and archaeology.


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