China’s Belt and Road Initiative- do we know what it is and what it is doing to our planet?

China’s Belt and Road, the 21st century Silk Roadis a colossal scheme comprising a ‘belt‘ of roads and railways and a maritime ‘road‘ of shipping lanes. This massive infrastructure development is supposed to involve 81 nations, two thirds of the global population and one third of the global economy. Good for trade? Good for business? New Zealand has embraced the concept.

Read more about it here

But should we? What are the potential consequences to our environment? Ascensao et al May 2018 discuss here

Bill Laurance describes it as the environmentally riskiest venture ever here