Megan Evans, who writes her PhD at the Australian National University, has published a nice article on her blog, trying to outbalance a rather poorly investigated article published in the Guardian on an Australian coal terminal. As she says:
I never thought I’d be in a situation where I felt the need to defend Gina Rinehart. I’m pro-mining tax, love the Great Barrier Reef, pro-divestment and pro-safe climate. But, I want an informed debate on these issues – and in the case of the proposed Abbot Point coal terminal development, we need to have a decent understanding of the environmental policies which guide the environmental impact assessment process.
While I am not into the details of this project, the example illustrates that the discussion about biodiversity offsets has often become a hustle and bustle of quickly picked arguments instead of a “well-informed debate”. Thanks, Megan to add seriousness to this!
To read the full article, please visit: http://mcevansresearch.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/gina-vs-the-reef-a-plea-for-informed-debate-on-biodiversity-offsets/comment-page-1/#comment-1943