Monday, June 9, 2014
China's Mountain Flattening Experiment is Not Going Well
"To create more room for its 1.3 billion people, China has been, quite literally, moving mountains. Problem is, the world's largest mountain-flattening project has thus far been a disaster for the environment and highly questionable economically.
Spurred by glitzy Hollywood-style trailers, China has been able to move forward with the effort—in which the tops of mountains are cut off and hills are flattened to fill in valleys to create more land for cities—without so much as having a clue about what they're doing.
The projects have been an unmitigated disaster, according to three environmental engineering researchers writing in this week's issue of Nature. It's not just the megacity of Lanzhou, where 700 mountains are actively being destroyed—the country is using the technique to expand five other cities as well." REPOSTED FROM MOTHERBOARD below is the link to full story.
Full Story reposted from HERE
Posted by Office of Urban Transformations Research