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Canada Fights Global Warming | Homer at the Helm | Fuel Economy Decline | W Watch | San Joaquin Valley Air Quality | California Marine Reserve | Bold Strokes | For the Record | Green Elephants | Loggers Against Logging | Sprawl | Little Chips, Big Impact | Updates

Sprawling? Look Both Ways

By Kim Todd

We knew haphazard growth was hard on mountain lions, kit foxes, and pygmy owls, but a new study shows it’s bad for humans, too. The top ten most-sprawling areas have an annual average of 15 fatal car accidents per 100,000 residents, almost twice the average in the ten least-sprawling

regions, according to the report Measuring Sprawl and Its Impact from Smart Growth America. Riverside, California, the champion of sprawl, had a fatal accident rate almost four times greater than more-compact New York City’s. Those in sprawling areas tended to drive more (a likely factor in the rate of fatal accidents), walk less, and inhale more pollution.

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