Human settlements: Australia state of the environment report, 2001

Newton, P.W., Baum, S. W., Bhatia, S., Brown, S.K., Cameron, S., Foran, B., Grant, T., Mak, S.L., Memmott, P. C., Mitchell, G.V., Neate, K., Smith, N.C., Stimson, R. J., Pears, A., Tucker, S. and Yenchek, D. (2002) Human settlements: Australia state of the environment report, 2001 Collingwood, Vic. Australia: CSIRO Publishing

Author Newton, P.W.
Baum, S. W.
Bhatia, S.
Brown, S.K.
Cameron, S.
Foran, B.
Grant, T.
Mak, S.L.
Memmott, P. C.
Mitchell, G.V.
Neate, K.
Smith, N.C.
Stimson, R. J.
Pears, A.
Tucker, S.
Yenchek, D.
Title of report Human settlements: Australia state of the environment report, 2001
Parent publication Australia State of the Environment Report 2001 (Theme Report)
Publication date 2002
ISBN 0 643 06747 7
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Collingwood, Vic. Australia
Start page v
End page 189
Total pages 195
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subjects 379900 Other Studies in Human Society
760103 Consumption patterns, population issues and the environment
Abstract/Summary Australia’s transition to the 21st century has been marked by an extended period of economic prosperity unmatched for several decades, but one in which a series of question marks are being raised in three principal areas: in relation to the environment, the social well-being of the population, and the future path of economic development. The first concern, which is of primary interest in this report, relates to the physical environment of cities and their surrounding regions, and the range of pressures exerted by population and human activity. The report begins by noting the increasing divergence of the prime indicator of national economic performance—gross domestic product (GDP)—from the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI). GPI is a new experimental measure of sustainable development that accommodates factors currently unaccounted for in GDP, such as income distribution, value of household work, cost of unemployment, and various other social and environmental costs. The divergence of these two indicators in recent decades suggests that Australia’s growth has been heavily dependent on the draw-down of the nation’s stocks of capital assets (its infrastructure), its human and social capital, and its natural capital (Hamilton 1997).
Keyword Human settlements – Australia
Human ecology – Australia
Environmental monitoring – Australia
Additional Notes Independent Report to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Heritage. Published by CSIRO Publishing on behalf of the Department of the Environment and Heritage.

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