The ability of the climate system to recover from changes to the composition of the atmosphere (particularly increasing CO2 concentrations) is complicated by the fact that the removal of CO2...
At a glanceAs for other regions, distant human activities can contribute to the key risks to the Antarctic environment, including global population, economic pressures and the effects of climate change. Management can mitigate many of the population and economic impacts, and climate change...
Within the marine environment, marine debris is sourced from both the land (rubbish flushed out to sea; see further detail on coastal pollution in the Coasts report) and marine...
Bushfires (wildfires) are uncontrolled fire in the landscape. These particularly affect natural or seminatural vegetation, and have significant positive and negative effects on landscape and...
Land clearing represents a fundamental pressure on the land environment, causing the loss and fragmentation of native vegetation. Depending on subsequent management, land clearing can also lead to a...
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State and trends of species populations and groups
State and trends
State and trends of marine biodiversity: Species Groups...
State and trends
Understanding the current state and condition of Australian soils requires an appreciation of their diversity and capability to support different forms of land use. It also requires an...
Pearce I, Davidson AT, Thomson PG, Wright S, van den Enden R. Marine microbial ecology off East Antarctica ...
Hester KC, Peltzer ET, Kirkwood WJ, Brewer PG. Unanticipated consequences of ocean acidification: a noisier ocean at lower ...
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