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Spatial Inequality in Australia

Spatial Inequality in Australia | Australian Geographical Issues | Scoop.it
What Is Spatial Inequality? Spatial Inequality is a major geological issue that's affecting the whole world, including Australia. Spatial Inequality can be defined as the uneven distribution...
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Spatial inequality is prevalent in Australia.

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Sandbag strategy leaves beach's future living on the edge

Sandbag strategy leaves beach's future living on the edge | Australian Geographical Issues | Scoop.it
Emergency work to prevent further coastal erosion at the northern NSW town of Kingscliff has been stalled by red tape.

Via Bernadette Bell
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Erosion problems concerning a NSW coast have resulted in emergency methods used to temporarily rectify the situation.

An ecological dimension would be the way people are responding to this issue, seeking a temporary solution to this problem by using sandbags to combat erosion.

A spatial dimension is why the issue exists in such a location. Erosion exists specifically in coastal areas as besides typical natural processes such as storm events eroding the coast, sped-up climate change has resulted in rising sea levels which cause such erosion.

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Bernadette Bell's curator insight, July 23, 2013 9:51 PM

This article is about homes having to place sandbags in order to stop erosion 

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Bushland doomed to build more apartments

Bushland doomed to build more apartments | Australian Geographical Issues | Scoop.it
LANE COVE Council has called on the NSW government to reverse its zoning to allow 2500 new apartments after a consultant's report suggested removing more than 80 per cent of trees in an adjacent reserve to reduce the risk of bushfire.
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Another article which states how urban growth threatens the natural environment as forests are cleared to accommodate further urban expansion.

An ecological dimension explored is the biophysical processes disturbed by humans, the gradual regeneration of Australian forests disrupted for further urban development.

A spatial dimension is why the issue exists in such locations. The issue remains in bushland as bushland currently has no benefit for businesses and urban properties other than serving as potential space which can be reached through the clearing of it.

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Five pieces of rubbish per person on our beaches

Five pieces of rubbish per person on our beaches | Australian Geographical Issues | Scoop.it
CSIRO survey highlights the proliferation of debris.
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This article highlights the amount of waste and rubbish that ends up in natural areas such as Australia's beaches.

An ecological dimension is how people interact with the environment. In this article, it is clear that humans are clearly mistreating the environment, carelessly resporting to dumping their rubbish in the natural environment.

A spatial dimension is what is the scale of the issue. The scale of this issue is rather large as it exists almost everywhere.

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Queensland land-clearing plan gets go-ahead

Queensland land-clearing plan gets go-ahead | Australian Geographical Issues | Scoop.it
A controversial plan to allow Queensland farmers to clear their own land as they see fit is a rubber stamp from reality.
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An article about how Australian land rich with vegetation is being cleared for further agricultural developments.

An ecological dimension is how people are reacting with the environment, as seen through the fact that humanity is slowly decimating the remaining natural environment in favour of developments which will benefit soley mankind.

A spatial dimension is where the issue exists, it being in Queensland's forest areas.

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Water management a disgrace, says Henry

Water management a disgrace, says Henry | Australian Geographical Issues | Scoop.it
Australia's record on water management has been a disgrace, Treasury secretary Ken Henry says in a scathing critique of the nation's environmental bungles.

Via Monique
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Water management in Australia has been poorly-handled, resulting in severe environmental repurcussions such as the loss of species, water resources and hardwood forests.

An ecological dimension would be how people are responding to this issue, as the majority of the Australian public remain ignorant or oblivious to the true impact of such an urgent and pressing environmental issue.

A spatial dimension would be the scale of this issue, being nation-wide and rather enormous as it has eradicated entire species, hardwood forests as well as destroyed valuable water resources.

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Monique's curator insight, July 23, 2013 7:50 PM

This article is from the treasury secretary Ken Henry, who says that "Water management on this driest inhabited continent has been a disgrace." Ken Henry says many things about this topic, such as the loss of species, water resources and hardwood forests.

Bernadette Bell's curator insight, July 23, 2013 10:02 PM

This article is about the poor waste management within Australia

Hannah Rizzo's curator insight, July 28, 2013 6:13 PM

This article discusses water management within Australia, which has been dealt with inaadequatley and resulted in massive environmental destruction, due to practices such as fishing, farming, hunting and forestry. The issues discussed in this article reflect both the ecological and spatial dimensions of Australian water management, and highlight society's tendency to ignore problems such as these often until it's too late.  

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Urban growth takes heavy toll on native animals

Urban growth takes heavy toll on native animals | Australian Geographical Issues | Scoop.it
Eight koalas have been hit by cars in the past month near the town of Gisborne, 10 kilometres north-west of the Melbourne boundary.
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This article explains how urban growth has had an impact on Australia's fauna. With the increase of urban growth and hence a rise in vehicles on the road, many animals such as koalas have become roadkill victims or severely injured.

An ecological dimension explored in this article is the ecological impacts of humans, which can be seen in how humans and their vehicles have increased the number of injuries and casualties in Australian fauna.

A spatial dimension is how the issue varies from place to place. The suffering and number of accidents involving Australian fauna will only increase with the increase of urban growth or where cars specifically tend to drive through.

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Air quality in Sydney breaches safe levels 19 times

Air quality in Sydney breaches safe levels 19 times | Australian Geographical Issues | Scoop.it
Sydneysiders endured 37 days of high air pollution last year, with air quality breaching national standards on 19 days, says the NSW opposition.
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An article which expresses the severity of poor air quality present in Sydney.

An ecological dimension is what are the ecological impacts of humans,  which is demonstrated through the breaching of national standards on 19 days.

A spatial dimension is what is the location of groups affected by the issue. Practically all Sydneysiders are affected by this issue.

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