The human impact on the Tasmanian environment is being increasingly examined as the community strives to integrate environmental issues into decision-making. Some environmental issues faced by communities within Tasmanian regions are shown below.
- Environmental complaints - These decreased in all regions between 2001 and 2002. In 2002, the highest number of complaints was recorded in the North West and West Coast Region. The majority of Tasmanian complaints related to air, water and noise pollution.
- Pollution in water catchments - Agriculture generated the largest estimated emissions of nitrogen and phosphorous in the Derwent and Tamar/Esk catchments.
- Land tenure - The Greater Hobart-Southern Region had the greatest proportion of land area classified as National Park (30.0%), followed by the Mersey-Lyell Region (22.9%). The Northern Region had a relatively small proportion of land classified as National Park (7.0%).
- Heating - In 2002, electric heating was the most popular form of household heating in the Greater Hobart-Southern Region (49.4% of households). Wood heating was still preferred above electric heating in the Northern Region (50.8% of households) and the Mersey-Lyell Region (47.2% of households).