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Can development be environmentally sustainable?

March 2002 - Can development be environmentally sustainable?Since Thomas Malthus observed in 1798 that mankind was living "beyond its means" much debate has concerned the extent to which the human species can develop the Earth to suit its needs. In contemporary Australia, this debate continues on two main fronts: the optimal population that the continent can sustain, and the extent to which the environment can be safely altered to suit human needs. This feature presents some recent thoughts as to how soon Malthus's dire prediction might come true, how to avoid it, and whether it might come true at all.

How many people doing what in Australia?
by Michael Krockenberger - 15/03/2002
Yes! Development can be environmentally sustainable
by Leon Ashby - 15/03/2002
Sustainable development requires a mature appreciation of our needs
by Jill Finnane - 15/03/2002
Sustaining the environment or greenwashing economic growth?
by Deb Foskey - 15/03/2002
Sustainable development begins at home
by Brenda Vale and Robert Vale - 15/03/2002
The nature of Australia’s population debate
by Paul Norton - 15/03/2002
Technology and the environment: the case for optimism
by Matt Ridley - 15/03/2002
Development and sustainability are mutually reinforcing outcomes
by Alan Moran - 15/03/2002

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