Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Thousands of Scientists Sign Off on Paper Warning of Border Wall's Environmental Damage

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 3:43 PM

click to enlarge Workers construct a prototype of the proposed border wall near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego. - MANI ALBRECHT (WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
  • Mani Albrecht (Wikimedia Commons)
  • Workers construct a prototype of the proposed border wall near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego.
A new academic article in the journal BioScience assails President Trump's proposed border wall for the environmental catastrophe it would wreak.

In itself, that's nothing new — other scientists have made that warning. But here's what's different this time.

The paper, authored by multidisciplinary scientists from both the U.S. and Mexico, includes supporting signatures from more than 2,500 scientists from 43 countries.

Considering that most academic articles don't even have co-signatories — much less thousands of them — this should be read as a clear signal that scientists worldwide share a real and credible concern about Trump's pinche border wall.

And given the contents of the article, it's easy to see why. The wall would harm wildlife migrations, decimate the habitats of endangered plants and animals and set back valuable scientific research, according to the data presented in the paper.

Co-author Paul Ehrlich, the well-known Stanford University conservation biologist, told the website Inverse that the wall flies in the face of science, the environment and national security. Another co-author, Harvard University zoologist Edward O. Wilson, is arguably the father of modern biodiversity studies.

“We have, particularly in the United States, a government that’s waging war on our life support systems, and they don’t give a damn,” Ehrlich said. “They have no idea what they’re doing, not in the slightest, either biologically or socially.”

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