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Sprawl, Driving Cars, and Coastal Degradation

"...runaway land consumption, dysfunctional suburban development patterns, and exponential growth in automobile use lead to pollution and habitat degradation on the coast. Some large coastal metropolitan areas consume land ten times as fast as they add new residents. Across the country, driving has increased at three to four times the increase in population." [Excerpt from the press release for the The Pew Oceans Commission report entitled, "Coastal Sprawl: The Effects of Urban Design on Aquatic Ecosystems in the United States" released on April 16, 2002. The full report is available at ]

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