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The environment always matters

Butler, Colin 2003, The environment always matters, Development bulletin (Canberra), vol. 62, pp. 51-55.

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Title The environment always matters
Author(s) Butler, Colin
Journal name Development bulletin (Canberra)
Volume number 62
Start page 51
End page 55
Publisher Australian National University
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Publication date 2003-08
ISSN 1035-1132
Summary Superficially, the high human populations of prosperous, well-fed city-states such as Singapore and Hong Kong might appear to support the view that high concentrations of human dynamism and enterprise can alone transcend environmental constraints. Indeed, extrapolations from such densely populated regions to the whole world form the historical basis for the most optimistic estimates of how many people the Earth might support. In fact, these affluent, densely populated regions require goods and services that are produced by areas far larger than the residential area of the state. For the foreseeable future, the whole world cannot live as densely and as well as Singapore. For example, some of the fish eaten in Hong Kong is captured in Pacific Island fisheries. Beef from the Northern Territory is exported to Japan. More generally, the supply of environmentally dependent goods - including sinks for wastes - is always limited, as are inputs such as fertile soil, clean fresh water and a benign climate.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Australian National University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004279

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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