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Environment lost in rush to build dams

By Jennifer Marohasy - posted Thursday, 7 September 2006

There are likely to be another three billion people in the world in 50 years time with most of this growth happening in Asia. This will put tremendous pressure on the global environment. Queensland is rich in natural resources and currently exports huge quantities of coal, beef and sugar to Asia and beyond.

Even if Queensland’s population doubles by 2056, the state will still only have eight million people.

According to various environmental indices, low population density, economic vitality and quality of governance are important determinants of environmental well being.


Queensland has a low population density, we are relatively rich particularly in natural resources, but I see few signs of good governance. Let’s hope who ever wins this state election doesn’t squander our natural wealth or build too many new dams.

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This is an amended version of a shorter article first published in The Courier-Mail on August 31, 2006 entitled “Environment Off Election Agenda”.

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