Saturday, January 19, 2008

Decommissioning Aging Infrastructure

"EXPERTS" recommend targeted decommissioning of deterioriated and obsolete infrastructure to renew degraded ecosystems. This approach will turn the middle of the United States into a bare scattering of city-states unable to communicate because their infrastructure was destroyed when it could have been fixed in a way that could also help the environment repair.
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Science 18 January 2008:
Vol. 319. no. 5861, pp. 286 - 287
DOI: 10.1126/science.1149852

Aging Infrastructure and Ecosystem Restoration


Martin W. Doyle,1* Emily H. Stanley,2 David G. Havlick,3 Mark J. Kaiser,4 George Steinbach,5 William L. Graf,6 Gerald E. Galloway,7 J. Adam Riggsbee8

Targeted decommissioning of deteriorated and obsolete infrastructure can provide opportunities for restoring degraded ecosystems.

1University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA.

2University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA.

3University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, CO, USA.

4Center for Energy Studies, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA.

5California Artificial Reef Enhancement Program, Santa Barbara, CA, USA.

6University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA.

7University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA.

8Restoration Systems, LLC, Raleigh, NC, USA.

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