The hole in the ozone layer is one thing that most of us have heard about Australia. Not many of us know about the other main environmental issues in this country, the top five are discussed here.
Coal mining is one of the major controversial issues that is troubling Australia for a long time. Many environmentalists complain that the burning of coal could be one of the major reasons for global warming but we cannot deny the fact that coal has been the reason for building the infrastructure that is prevalent even today. Many people still think that Australia has enough infrastructures to create energy from alternate resources that will not have any effect on the environment.
Change In Climate
Many studies have shown that the planet’s environment has become much warmer than ever before and the rate of increase is very high in comparison to what was predicted by many scientists. The changes in climate and the rising water levels in Australia is one of the major concerns for environmentalists.
Out of all the other environmental issues that are haunting Australia, this is one of the worst that can be. The number of trees that have been cut down every year is causing a great threat to the balance in there. There are so many unchecked deforestations that are happening without the knowledge of the government. This has been and is causing a great threat to the nation and its natural resources that are being depleted.
Not many of us are aware that Australia is only the second continent after Antarctica in terms of the lowest amount of water content available in the lands. The water security issues have been going on for quite some time now and there have been big fights by farmers, politicians and environmentalists about this and still this has not been addressed. Some of the companies have taken up the initiative to drive and make this happen but it will take a long time for this environmental issue to be fully addressed.
Quality of Air
The pollution levels are pretty high in Australia just like any of the other countries in the globe. The quality of air in the urban areas is pretty bad due to the large number of automobiles that are being used, the waste generated from industries and the by-products of the large amount of pesticides and herbicides that are being produced.
There are a lot of ways and measures that are being put in to address these major environmental issues and we hope and pray that it can all make the change that is required and make Australia a better place to live in.