Friday, 16 May 2008

Aust's ecological footprint one of biggest in world: index

Australia has rated as a top consumer of natural resources (Get Images)

The annual Climate Living Index, which measures humanity's demand on natural resources, has listed Australia's ecological footprint as one of the biggest in the world.

The United States has taken the lead position as the largest consumer of natural resources on the planet, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Finland, Canada, Kuwait then Australia.

Ray Nias from WWF which commissioned the report says this is translating to an increasing loss of species.

"Some of the indices we're seeing show very steep declines in biodiversity in terms of freshwater fish for example, but across the board, birds, mammals, reptiles," he said.

On a global scale, this report has found that 1.4 billion people are already living in water stressed areas.

By 2050, it estimates that up to 3 billion more will face increased water shortages.


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