any volunteers to be “abated”?

A key conservation group has taken the provocative step of nominating human population growth as a “threatening process” under national environment laws.

The nomination by the Australian Conservation Foundation means a preliminary review of the link between the growing population in Australia and destruction of key environment areas will be conducted by the federal environment department.

The little known “threatening process” provision lists major forces, such as colonies of invasive species, which impact on endangered species and ecosystems under the national environment laws.

ACF’s director of strategic ideas, Charles Berger added that if population is listed the government could then develop a “threat abatement plan” – a series of policies to address the problem.

Sydney Morning Herald, 23 Mar 2010