Saturday, September 06, 2008

The bigger picture smaller trees

The Catalan region is currently subject of a popularist campaign to stop the construction and installation of a high voltage power cable (400kw) over the Pyrenees to provide French Electricity to the Spanish national grid. ‘No M.A.T.’ is the banner of the anti movement and is daubed on many street signs and road surfaces around the N11 road way. Those protesters are well organised and studiously research possible grounds for objections. In a rural area environmental issues are often prominent in the concerns of local people. Now a study has suggested that as many as 1,000,000 trees will have to be removed to make way for the power line.

Trees are often quoted as a sustainable resource, but the removal of a large volume of mature trees, even when a similar number of younger trees are planted to replace them, must have significant impact on the quality of the environment

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