Opinion: Environmental impact assessments aren’t protecting the environment

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A tsunami of development projects is sweeping across the planet. It’s in the form of new roads, dams, mines, housing estates, and other infrastructure projects. The governments enabling these projects tell us not to worry: although the details vary from country to country, nearly all sizable projects must undergo an environmental impact assessment (EIA) to ensure no lasting harm.

But the sad fact is, those assessments are increasingly not worth the paper they’re printed on.

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