Themes represent biogeographic or conceptual aspects of the Australian environment. Each thematic report follows a common framework. Key findings, At a glance sections and assessment summaries condense the wealth of material presented in each thematic report to support understanding and use of information.
Built environment discusses the state of Australia's cities and towns, and considers the impacts of population and economic growth, and climate change on our urban environments, and issues of strategic management across jurisdictions in a time of change.
Inland water looks at the evolving state of surface and groundwater resources in the world's driest inhabitable continent, in the context of the breaking of a major drought and ongoing water policy reform.
Marine environment details the condition of the marine environment; the existing impacts of fisheries, oil and gas extraction and coastal development, and the potential impacts of climate change; and issues around marine management.
Antarctic environment looks at the global importance and evolving state of the Antarctic environment, the ongoing changes to marine and terrestrial ecosystems resulting from human activity, and the significance of climate change in the region.
Australia State of the Environment 2016 has been prepared by independent experts using the best available information to support assessments of environmental condition, pressures, management effectiveness, resilience, risks and outlook.
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We, the authors, acknowledge the traditional owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community; we pay respect to them and their cultures and to their elders both past and present.