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dc.contributor.authorSteele, Wendy
dc.contributor.authorMacCallum, Diana
dc.contributor.editorJason Byrne, Neil Sipe, Jago Dodson
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-27T04:13:11Z
dc.date.available2018-04-27T04:13:11Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.isbn9781138000704
dc.identifier.doi10.4324/9781315813110
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/67043
dc.description.abstractHow do we connect the processes of collective public decision-making with complex biophysical systems? In Australia, the answer seems to be ‘not very well’. The full magnitude of human impact in post-colonial Australia is only just now beginning to be properly understood. In key areas such as land, water, energy and air we have embraced a pattern of development that is increasingly being recognised as ‘unsustainable’ (Low 2010). We have built our cities on flood plains, yet have cleared many water catchments of vegetation, so that in times of heavy rain there are few barriers stopping down-stream flooding (see chapter 7). We also consume vast amounts of water, yet we inhabit one of the driest continents on Earth. We have developed suburbs on prime agricultural land, but wonder why food security has become an issue. We mine for coal seam gas through fracking ancient rocks near precious aquifers with little understanding of the cumulative environmental risks involved. In short, we do not seem to have learned from the lessons offered by history or the experiences of other countries. Is there something wrong with our decision-making systems?
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherRoutledge
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.publisher.urihttps://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781317800576/chapters/10.4324%2F9781315813110-16
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleAustralian Environmental Planning: Challenges and Future Prospects
dc.relation.ispartofchapter5
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom49
dc.relation.ispartofpageto58
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchUrban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode120599
dc.titleAustralian environmental governance and environmental planning procedures
dc.typeBook chapter
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Chapters
dc.type.codeB - Book Chapters
gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, Griffith School of Environment
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorSteele, Wendy E.


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