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Green blight in New Orleans after Katrina

One of the topics I enjoy reading about the most is unintended consequences – particularly in the topics that Roaming Parkers covers – Travel, Adventure, Nature, and Food.  Today I stumbled across just such an article.

A recent study by Joshua A. Lewis in the journal, Ecosphere, suggests that areas in New Orleans that were abandoned after Hurricane Katrina and allowed to “go back to nature” might be greater problems now than they were before their recent greening.

1280px-green_space_near_pool_lane_ince_cheshire_5-e1505611663808.jpgYou would expect that allowing parts of the concrete jungle to return into green space would create a cooling effect, buffer storm waters, and provide habitat and greenways for fauna.  That’d be a good thing, right?

Check out this article at PhysOrg for a longer review of Lewis’ Ecosphere article about Green Blight after Katrina

Well, the study suggests that these green spaces mostly benefit rats, mosquitoes, and invasive species of plants.  Didn’t see that one coming, did you?

I saw another study last week that suggested that the best thing that we could do in relation to some of our conservation efforts was to wait, because pulling the trigger prematurely on our conservation efforts can lead to inefficient or ineffective conservation interventions.

I’m not sure how I feel about that because the idealist in me wants to hurry up and help, but another part of me wants to be sure that I First Do No Harm.

What do y’all think about this Green Blight article or about the conflict between help-now! and first-do-no-harm?  Come on over to the Facebook Group and lets’ discuss it.




Categories: Conservation, Nature