Book cover of Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet by Ben Goldfarbby Ben Goldfarb

New York Times Notable Book of 2023 and Editors’ Choice • A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2023 • Named a Fall 2023 Must-Read by OutsideSierra, and Kirkus Reviews • A Boston Globe Book We’re Excited to Read This Fall

An eye-opening account of the global ecological transformations wrought by roads, from the award-winning author of Eager.

Some 40 million miles of roadways encircle the earth, yet we tend to regard them only as infrastructure for human convenience. While roads are so ubiquitous they’re practically invisible to us, wild animals experience them as entirely alien forces of death and disruption. In Crossings, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb travels throughout the United States and around the world to investigate how roads have transformed our planet. A million animals are killed by cars each day in the U.S. alone, but as the new science of road ecology shows, the harms of highways extend far beyond roadkill. Creatures from antelope to salmon are losing their ability to migrate in search of food and mates; invasive plants hitch rides in tire treads; road salt contaminates lakes and rivers; and the very noise of traffic chases songbirds from vast swaths of habitat.

Interview with the Author

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How Roads Actually Divide Us with Ben Goldfarb
10/18/23          54 min

Ologies with Alie Ward 
Road Ecology (ROAD KILL) with Ben Goldfarb
11/15/23         74 min

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Animal Crossing: The Destructive Nature of Roads
9/13/23           13 min

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#635 Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping the Future of Our Planet
10/9/23           60 min

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215. Ben Goldfarb with Brooke Jarvis – Life is a Highway: Protecting Wildlife through Road Ecology
10/2/23            79 min

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