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Poor Land Use and Too Many Cars Degrade the Coast

"Coastal population growth is not the whole story, however. It is actually a short chapter in a much longer book. Runaway land consumption, dysfunctional suburban development patterns, and exponential growth in automobile use are the real engines of pollution and habitat degradation on the coast. Some large coastal metropolitan areas are consuming land ten times as fast as they are adding new residents. Across the country, driving has increased at three to four times the increase in population." (Excerpt from the Pew Oceans Commission Report, "Coastal Sprawl: The Effects of Urban Design on Aquatic Ecosystems in the United States," at

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