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December 04, 2020 - Conscious Life News

Fences Have Big Effects on Land and Wildlife Around the World That Are Rarely Measured

Fences Have Big Effects on Land and Wildlife Around the World That Are Rarely Measured
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What is the most common form of human infrastructure in the world? It may well be the fence. Recent estimates suggest that the total length of all fencing around the globe is 10 times greater than the total length of roads. If our planet’s fences were stretched end to end, they would likely bridge the distance from Earth to the Sun multiple times.

On every continent, from cities to rural areas and from ancient to modern times, humans have built fences. But we know almost nothing about their ecological effects. Border fences are often in the news, but other fences are so ubiquitous that they disappear into the landscape, becoming scenery rather than subject.

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