Pristine environments and the development issue

Papua New Guinea has about 6 million people in a landmass of 463,000 square kilometres, or an area 50% larger than the Philippines or the state of Victoria in Australia. So it is not surprising that much of the country is in a pristine condition. By Brian Gomez

Often repeated claims by environmental groups might make many people think this could not be so, but it is in fact widespread poverty and sheer necessity that is the biggest force behind environmental


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