1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2007
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/01/2007
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Australia’s growing economy and its increasing use of energy and other resources have brought prosperity and wellbeing to many Australians. Economic activities and consumption patterns also have environmental consequences. The way natural resources are managed - and the waste products they generate - can impact on the social, economic and environmental options of present and future generations.
It is not possible to cover all of the complex interactions between the economy, society and the environment in this chapter. What follows is a selection of information on the management of land resources; the ongoing loss of biodiversity through the invasion and spread of exotic plants and animals; how Australians manage waste from urban and industrial centres; greenhouse gas emissions and their link to global warming and climate change; water use in Australia; the environmental views and behaviours of Australian households; and information on Australia's total assets and environmental assets.
The article Managing waste in Antarctica discusses the recent clean up and new waste management practices implemented in Antarctica.