4602.0 - Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices, Mar 1998
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/11/1998
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Environmental problems concern 71% of Australians
An estimated 71% of Australians are concerned with at least one specific environmental problem, compared with 68% in 1996 and 75% in 1992, according to the results of an Australian Bureau of Statistics survey released today.
Air pollution continues to be the environmental problem of greatest concern for Australians, with 32% of people reporting this as their major concern. This compares with 31% of people in 1996, 34% in 1994, and 40% in 1992.
The ABS survey publication Environmental Issues, People's Views and Practices states that most people (46%) reported they felt that over the last 10 years the quality of the environment had declined (compared to 44% of people in 1996). Twenty six per cent of people believed the quality of the environment had stayed the same, and 24% stated they thought it had improved over the last 10 years.
Some other survey results from the publication include:
Details are in Environmental Issues, People's Views and Practices (cat. no. 4602.0) available from ABS Bookshops. A summary of the main survey findings are available from this site.
State and Territory highlights are outlined overleaf.
State and Territory Data
NSW: Rated highest for air pollution as the environmental problem of greatest concern (32%). Highest use of compost or manure as fertiliser for garden plants (equal 83% with ACT). Highest use of letter writing to register an environmental concern (42%).
Victoria: Highest proportion of households with a dual flush toilet (64%), and for rainwater tanks not being allowed in the shire/district (15%).
Queensland: Highest for believing that the state of the environment had improved in the last 10 years (26%), and for use of flysprays or baits in dwellings (84%).
South Australia: Highest for:
Western Australia: Highest for:
Tasmania: Freshwater pollution was the greatest environmental concern (31%). Highest membership in Landcare or catchment management groups (42%). Greatest use of blood and bone (63%) and gypsum/lime (17%) to grow fruit and vegetables. Least likely to alter the amount of water they used because of its cost.
Northern Territory: The environmental concern most nominated was ocean/sea pollution (26%). NT people were the most likely to think that the quality of the environment had stayed much the same over the last 10 years (30%), and that environmentally friendly products were too expensive (46%). NT used the most nitrogen fertiliser (27%) and superphosphate (18%) to grow fruit and vegetables. Most satisfied with water drinking quality (equal 84% with ACT), but the highest for problems of dirt and colour in drinking water (41% and 36% respectively).
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Australian Capital Territory: Rated highest for:
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