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A penguin farm in the Australian desert: a thought experiment that reveals the flaws our in environment laws

By David Lindenmayer, Professor, The Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University
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Imagine this fictitious scenario. The federal environment minister announces government approval for a large-scale penguin farm near Alice Springs. It will produce 300,000 penguins each year for the high-end feather market in Europe.

Penguin feathers are also, in this make-believe world, proven superconductors that could provide an alternative to lithium for renewable energy batteries. The $40 million farming project promises to create jobs and growth in regional Australia.

To any informed reader, the idea of farming cold-ocean seabirds in the Australian desert is mind-numbingly…The Conversation


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