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New Zealand’s ecological footprint, 2008

New Zealand’s ecological footprint, 2008

New Zealanders are not clean and green. An ecological footprint calculates the resources humans use and the amount of waste they generate. This is measured in terms of global hectares (a hectare with world-average ability to produce resources and absorb wastes) per person. New Zealand had the sixth highest figure (7.7 hectares) in the world, only slightly lower than one of the worst offenders the United States (9.4 hectares), and much higher than the world average (2.7 hectares).

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Eric Pawson, 'Economy and the environment - New Zealand’s ecological impact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/diagram/21674/new-zealands-ecological-footprint-2008 (accessed 28 November 2021)

Story by Eric Pawson, published 11 Mar 2010