This image shows a fire truck driving away from a massive smoke cloud from the Black Saturday Bush Fires. These fires affected many people in regional Victoria physically by burning down their land and houses as well as destroying farms. It didn't only affect the country physically though, it also affected everybody mentally and really shook the nation. Being an image this source isn't incredibly reliable it only offers information that can be perceived by the viewer. It can be said that the Black Saturday Bush Fires affected all of Victoria's temperate forest and bush land in 2009
This impressive and moving article comes from the National Geographic website explaining how the drought affects farmers in rural Australia. It begins with vivid scene explaining how a cow farm has changed drastically from the owners point of view. The article then goes on to tell how the farmers in regional Australia have had to sacrifice many things to keep their land and their stock. Each farmer faces many challenges during this article and they talk about how they are struggling and where they see themselves in the future, or where they don't see themselves. The author shows how the land in Australia has become dry and water sources have become scarce. They show how land has become quite rare and a commodity among farmers in both regional Victoria and some of NSW.
This book that is listed on the Geelong Regional Library catalogue explains how climate change has affected the Australian environment from before and after weather records began. It tells how natural things such as tree rings and ice cores and tropical corals can help scientists to find how and why the landscape has changed in certain areas of Australia. One aspect of this text focuses on the impact the warming planet has on lifestyles and ecosystems. This may give good information on pollution in Australia as well as population growth and land use in terms of animals and civilisation. This text however does not talk about a specific area, at least not in the blurb or summary anyway, so it is unreliable in terms of the Victorian bush land. This book is incredibly reliable because the author, Joelle Gergis is climate scientist from the University of Melbourne. In 2015 she received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, and in 2014 she received the Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research. This makes her a very reliable source as the book is both recent and written by a credible source.
This article on the Australian Government website gives an overview of Australia's environment. It includes information on the land, water, biodiversity and flora and fauna. This is a very reliable source because it comes from the government and is quite useful for an outline of Australia's native plants and animals. However this website does not give any information on the pollution and degradation of the Australian environment and therefore does not offer particularly useful information for this topic. Although, it does offer information which can be compared to information from other sources and websites. This article gives information on the Australian environment in general rather than a specific area like Victorian temperate forest.
Environmental Problems in Australia - WWF In this WWF article it explains the many things that have affected Australia's temperate areas. This includes: deforestation, agriculture clearing and overgrazing, over fishing and illegal fishing, introduction of exotic species, pollution and infrastructure development. These sections go into detail about how the land and environment has been impacted. The article references Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and has a list of sources at the end showing that research has been done by the writer. This along with the WWF's reputation proves that this article is fairly reliable. The only disappointing thing about this article is the fact that it says 'Issues with no end in Sight' and goes on to list all the negative impacts on the environment. The author has made all of this information quite gloomy without offering any solutions. This article explains Australia's problems which can be related to the Victorian bush land but also other areas of the country.