Australia : State of the Environment

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"Australia: State of the Environment 1996" is the first ever independent nation-wide assessment of the status of Australia's environment. Prepared by a group comprising Australia's key scientists, academics, industry leaders and environmentalists, the report is up-to-date, credible and comprehensive. It provides a scientific assessment of environmental conditions, focusing on the impacts of human activities, their significance for the environment, and societal responses to the identified trends.
Key features include: seven major chapters covering human settlements, biodiversity, the atmosphere, land resources, inland waters, estuaries and the sea, and natural and cultural heritage; an introductory chapter - "Portrait of Australia" - summarizing the evolutionary history and biological characterstics of this unusual continent, the impact of human settlements and how we manage the environment; a comprehensive list of references for each of the major chapters; a key chapter - "Towards Ecological Sustainability" - placing the major findings in their future context; a full listing of extinct and endangered plants and animals; and a detailed glossary of terms and an exhaustive subject index. "Australia: State of the Environment 1996" should be of interest to high school teachers and students as a general reference, university academics and students studying the environment, planners in government and industry, and all environmentalists and general readers with an interest in Australia's future.
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  • CD-Audio
  • CSIRO Publishing
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 0643059334
  • 9780643059337

Table of contents

Introduction: What Constitutes the Environment?; Approach to State of the Environment Reporting; the Pressure-State-Response Reporting Model; the Reporting Process; How to Use This Report. Portrait of Australia: An Unusual Continent; Humans in the Environment; Managing Our Environment. Human Settlements: Metabolism of Settlements; Technological and Economic Forces Shaping Settlements; Population Dynamics and Patterns of Australian Settlements; Livability - the Human Dimension; Social Amenity Issues; Health in Australian Settlements; Resource Inputs and their Indicators; Waste Outputs and their Indicators; Development Constraints and Opportunities; Sustainable Infrastructure Plans and Indicators; Settlement Capacity. Biodiversity: Human Population; Harvesting Resources and Land Use; Introduced Species; Pollution; Mining; Climate Change; the State of Ecosystem Diversity; the State of Species Diversity; Genetic Diversity; Responses to Key Issues. The Atmosphere: Climate of Australia; Sources of Emissions; Global-Scale Pressures; Regional-Scale Pressures; Local Scale Pressures; Natural Variability; Atmospheric Dispersion and Transport; Airsheds; Enhanced Greenhouses Effect; Stratospheric Ozone Loss; National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring; Urban Air Quality; Air Quality in Regional Airsheds; Long-Range Transport and Acid Deposition; Air Quality and the Environment; Indoor Air Quality; Key Issues in Air Quality Assessment. Land Resources: General Pressures; Indirect and Proximate Pressure; Changes in Land Cover; Changes in Land Condition; Impact of Pest Animals and Plants; Soils; Land Use and Land Tenure; is Australian Agriculture Sustainable?; Land Clearing; Forests; Land Conservation Legislation; Landcare - a Community Response. Inland Waters: Direct Pressures and their Significance; Indirect Pressures; Water Resources; Flooding; Catchment Pollutant Sources; Impact of Forestry; Groundwater; Habitat Quality and Biota; Water Quality; Eutrophication of Inland and Costal Waters. Estuaries and the Sea: Coastal Margin Development; Contaminants; Fishing; Mining; Transport and Shipping; Plants and Animals; Seafood Quality; Water Quality; Sediments; Nitrogen and Phosphorous in Coastal Waters; Seagrasses of Australia; Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Natural and Cultural Heritage: Values and Meanings; Wilderness; Heritage Registers; Pressures on Heritage Places; Cultural Values of Natural Landscapes; Pressures on Heritage Objects; State of Heritage Places; State of Heritage Objects; Responses - Heritage Places; Responses - Heritage Objects; Tourism and the Environment. (Part contents).
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