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The Ecologist Editorials The Infrastructure Lobby. Simon Fairlie
Vol. 23, No. 4, July/August 1993
Caught in the Crossfire Andrew Gray
Feature Articles Europe's Motorways: The Drive for Mobility Chris Bowers The European Commission plans to finance the construction of another 12,000 kilometres of motorway i n Europe. But some elements i n the EC administration are beginning to heed the warnings of environmentalists that subsidized road construction wil l create more traffic and congestion.
Time Pollution 132 John Whitelegg The main aim of motor transport and road building is to save time, but a number of social and economic factors operate to ensure that they do precisely the opposite.
Driving Roads through Land Rights: The Colombian Plan Pacifico 135 Jon Barnes Although most of the Columbian government's development plans for the country's isolated Pacific region have yet to be realized, they have attracted more colonizers and land grabbers, and driven black and indigenous community groups to demand land rights.
Brazil's BR-364: A Road to Nowhere? Alexander Shankland Chico Mendes was murdered nearly five years ago because he opposed the BR-364 trans-Amazonian highway. Yet now, Mendes' political heirs sup port the paving of the road, which is set to cross the Andes into Peru, with potentially disastrous consequences.
The Rainforest Harvest: Who Reaps the Benefit? Stephen Corry Products from the rainforest are now being sold in the West as a means of saving the forests and their indigenous inhabitants. The reality behind the hype is very different, and marketing campaigns deflect attention from the much more critical issue of indigenous land rights.
Books 154 Letters 159 Campaigns Centre Pages Mexican Forests • East Timor Resistance • Chittagong Hill Tracts Repatriation • Global Anti-Golf Movement • Texaco Clean Up in Ecuador • British Road Lobby • US Nuclear Testing • Costs of British Nuclear Fuel • Eastern Europe Nuclear Protests* Bangladesh Flood Action Plan • Narmada Review • British Strikers • British Forests Cover photo: Dartford cable-stayed bridge across the River Thames, London, UK (Pete Addis/The Environmental Picture Library). The Ecologist is printed on recycled paper, whitened with hydrogen peroxide.
The Ecologist, Vol . 23, No. 4, July/August 1993