US-Mexico Border Wall Poses Environmental Risks
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November 7, 2017

US-Mexico border wall raises environmental concerns (Al Jazeera English)

U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico would be an environmental "disaster," a United Nations official said this week.

"The wall is going to be a disaster for different reasons ... and one of the ways is that it is going to be a disaster at the environmental level," John Knox, the UN's special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, said here at a forum on biodiversity.

"Biodiversity and the ecosystems don't care about political borders, they don't stop where the wall begins," Knox said after being asked of his opinion on the controversial measure.

A solid physical barrier could interfere with the movement and survival of regional species, he said. "I hope the wall will not be built."

In late October, it was reported that eight prototypes of the wall have been erected along the border between the U.S. city of San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.

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