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State of the Environment 2011 Committee. Australia state of the environment 2011.
Independent report to the Australian Government Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.
Canberra: DSEWPaC, 2011.
The major drivers of changes to the Australian environment—climate change, population growth and economic growth—are historically related to environmental impact. Without significant policy and technological change (in some cases requiring global adoption), we can expect these relationships to continue into the future.
This chapter has examined the future direction and magnitude of these three crucial drivers. There is significant uncertainty in any and all of these predictions, partly due to uncertainties in the underlying science and projections, and partly due to the options available to Australians to minimise the negative environmental impacts of a growing nation and a high standard of living. In the latter, there is significant room for hope.