Adam Morton; 30/10/08
Australians have the world’s fifth largest ecological footprint — and it is getting bigger. An international report by conservation group the World Wildlife Fund has found the average Australian uses more land and water than people from all countries bar the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Kuwait and Denmark. The Living Planet Report 2008 says it takes 7.8 hectares to maintain the lifestyle of each Australian, up 16% from the last report two years ago. Globally, the report compares the disaster awaiting the planet to the global financial crisis, saying it is heading for an “ecological credit crunch”.