Issue 228: State of the Environment Special


Biodiversity is a key part of our national identity. Here is a snapshot, in snapshots, of Australia's diverse animal world from the 2016 State of the Environment Report.

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Technological advances like the Himawari-8 launched by Japan in 2014 have made significant improvements to our ability to measure the atmosphere, according to the latest State of the Environment Report.

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As cities go, Australia's have some of the best air quality in the world. But even the relatively clean air of Australia can contain enough pollutants to impact on our health.

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The east-coast population of humpback whales has seen a comeback - what could they tell us about the marine environment? Long-term data allows for better monitoring of Australia's ocean environment in the latest State of the Environment Report.

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Plankton are the foundation of the marine food web. They are also indicators of ecosystem health and climate change and as such get a special mention in the 2016 State of the Environment Report Marine chapter because of poleward shifts in distribution.

A stronger national approach to land use and sustainability has developed since the last State of the Environment Report. Read highlights from the latest report on the state of the Australian continent.

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More than 40 per cent of Australia is now under the management of Indigenous Australians. Are these land managers getting the support they need and the recognition they deserve?

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Major pressures on Australia's biodiversity persist, according to the latest State of the Environment Report. More data and better understanding shows a cumulative impact.

The letter-winged kite, or moon kite, is the enigmatic raptor of Australia’s arid zone which comes and goes with the boom and bust of this vast region. But lately, concerns have been raised about its future.