Traffication: How Cars Destroy Nature and What We Can Do about It


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Pelagic Publishing Ltd
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6.2 X 9.2 X 1.0 inches | 1.27 pounds

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About the Author

Paul Donald worked in the research department of the RSPB for over twenty years, latterly as Principal Scientist, before moving to BirdLife International as Senior Scientist. He is a recipient of the prestigious ZSL/Marsh Award for Conservation Science and an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Cambridge.


Traffication tells the story of how quickly the car transformed our world and how, equally quickly, scientists highlighted the downsides. But despite several decades of growing evidence, the impact of traffic on the environment remains focused upon congestion, climate change and air pollution, while ignoring the more rural issues that impact directly on nature. The author offers beautiful, heart felt writing and some hopeful concluding chapters.--Jenny Jones, UK Green Party
Remarkable! An immensely readable eye-opener. How could we have been so unaware of something so obvious and so damaging to wildlife?--Tim Birkhead, author of Birds and Us
Traffication is a book to slow down for: provocative, eye-opening and painstakingly researched. It's going to make me rethink the ways we impact our planet through one of the most simple of acts.--Stephen Rutt, author of The Eternal Season and The Seafarers
As the realisation of our treatment of the earth grows, a reassessment is underway, and Traffication adds a new and vital dimension. The benefits and the conveniences of the car are weighed against the devastating toll on wildlife and our own health and, increasingly, it doesn't add up - but is it possible to see a different future? This book says it is. A masterful analysis of a hugely important elephant-in-the-room topic, humanity's addiction to the car.--Mary Colwell, author of Curlew Moon and Beak, Tooth and Claw
Paul Donald's Traffication is undoubtedly one of the environmental books of 2023. With perfect timing and tone, the author takes us through several essential learning curves and shows us how the car crisis, which most conservationists have long missed, is overwhelming large parts of nature. I could not recommend it more highly.--Mark Cocker, author of One Midsummer's Day
A brilliant and comprehensive expose of what roads are doing to our wildlife: meticulous, persuasive, challenging and brilliantly researched.--Ben Macdonald, author of Rebirding and Cornerstones
We know that traffic kills people through injuries, air pollution, and inactivity, but Paul Donald shows with convincing science in his very readable book how, almost unnoticed, traffic has been destroying wildlife and the countryside. He shows too how we can take action that should not be painful.--Richard Smith, chair of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change
Everyone who cares about nature should read this book.--James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd's Life and English Pastoral
A very informed, impressive book. Essential for understanding the horrifying impact of roads and motor vehicles on nature.--Derek Gow, author of Bringing Back the Beaver
This book gives a well-researched and engagingly written account of what is arguably one of the major conservation issues of our time. In drawing attention to the greatly underestimated problems posed to wildlife and the wider environment by our ever-increasing road networks, traffic volumes and speeds, Paul Donald provides an important wake-up call, and importantly, discusses mitigating measures.--Professor Ian Newton, FRS, ornithologist and conservationist
A meticulously-researched exposé of how we've been asleep at the wheel for years. This is a thought-provoking, and brave, examination of the damage we've caused that will hopefully jolt us from complacency and help us to modify our road-building and driving behaviour for the benefit of wildlife and human health. Traffication is the conservation conundrum we need to address with urgency.--Dr Ruth Tingay, conservationist and co-director of Wild Justice