Pressures facing aquatic ecosystemsChanged hydrologyAltered fire regimesPest species and pathogensPressures from livestock productionUrban developmentPollutionGlobal climate change and climate...
The capricious nature of our nation’s water resources was evident during 2011–16, with:
record rainfall and record dryness at local, regional and state scales
extended and extensive flooding
national water storage levels varying from above 80 per cent to below 50 per cent
Three factors contribute to the risk posed by increasing water abstraction and interception:
the demands of a growing population
increases in per-person water consumption for this population...
At a glanceThe pressures affecting biodiversity remain largely consistent with those identified in the 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011 state of the environment reports.
The most significant current pressures are clearing, fragmentation and declining quality of habitat; invasive species; climate...
The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility has developed a risk assessment framework for groundwater-dependent ecosystems under conditions of declining groundwater levels (Chambers et al. 2013).
The framework was developed by a multidisciplinary team of ecologists,...
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