Australia's ecological footprint is the 13th-largest in the world - and is likely to get bigger following the repeal of the carbon tax, conservation group WWF has warned. (article from September 2014)
According WWF's Living Planet Report, the demands placed on the planet are more than 50 per cent what nature can sustain, WWF Australia chief executive Dermot O'Gorman said the 13th ranking represented an improvement on 2012 when Australia's per capita footprint ranked seventh out of 152 countries.
However, he said the introduction of a price on carbon was the likely cause of the country's improved ranking, and therefore the repeal of the two-year-old carbon price scheme in July would likely see Australia go backwards in future rankings. Read article