NOT JUST WRONG, BARRY WRONG

WAtoday (Fairfax) catastrophist Hannah Barry reports on massive environmental degradation:

The amount of land “disturbed” by mining companies in Western Australia over 2016 and 2017 is roughly equivalent to the size of Hong Kong, new figures have revealed.

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety data was made public just before Christmas, and found more than 118,730 hectares of land had been disturbed by mining tenements across the state between August 2016 and 2017.

The area is equivalent to 1187.3 square kilometres – slightly bigger than the size of Hong Kong (1104 km2).

This is around 1 per cent of WA’s total landmass.

Maths isn’t the 2016 Curtin University graduate’s strong suit: 1,187.3 sq km isn’t “around 1 per cent of WA’s total landmass” (2,529,875 sq km), it’s 0.047 per cent. A partial tuition refund might be in order.

Update: The original has been corrected:

This is around 0.05 per cent of WA’s total landmass.

One per cent is easy to conceptualise; 0.05 per cent being minuscule, rightly registers as trivial.

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