Habitat loss is the single biggest threat to animal species around the planet. It is both an outcome of climate change and a contributor to it, as environments that were once able to trap carbon are now being turned into developed and industrialized spaces. Recently, I purchased a home in one of these spaces, a housing development near Charlottesville, Virginia, where structures were being built on land that was once fields, forest, and woodland streams. In 2010 the population of my small town was 2,000 people. By 2030 it is estimated to reach nearly 25,000.
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