Focus issue 193 December 2015
Sound policies and public acceptance, based on fact – not fear – are key to balancing prosperity and environment
Massive challenges, but we must meet them
By Craig Simmons
We need a much greater effort to quantify the likelihood of ‘something bad’ happening due to ‘fracking’ or coal seam gas extraction, and over what time and spatial scales it may occur.
Looking after our land and water
By John Williams and Ann Milligan
A whole-of-system framework is needed to deal with the interacting impacts of multiple land uses, including gas development, on the necessity of retaining landscape functionality
The opportunities and challenges for unconventional gas
By Peter Cook and Vaughan Beck
A reliance on market forces to let the strongest float to the top seems doomed to condemn us to reliance on good luck more than strategy.
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