Thursday, January 14, 2010

Anti human?

Leo Hickman in The Guardian is worried about the effects of road gritting on the environment.

The man laments that, "... studies have shown that road salt can damage, or even kill, vegetation and trees growing on the verges, as well as amphibians that can suffer acutely due to their permeable skin. Migratory birds are said to be at risk, too, with seed-eating species reportedly finding it hard to distinguish between gritty salt crystals and the mineral grit their diets require."

Nothing about humans and broken bones though, car smashes, economic losses, etc., etc. But what does that matter compared with the welfare of trees and the little birdies?