Over the past five years, Australia has lost overmammals than any other continent. More generally, its rate of species decline is among the highest in the world. This is the sad conclusion of the latest version of the report . According to the experts who wrote it, the main culprit is still and always… the . Not just rising temperatures, also increasing droughts and floods, frequency and intensity of forest fires, sea level rise and ocean acidification.
Since the last report, published in 2016, 8% of new Australian species have joined the ranks of endangered or critically endangered species. Some 533 animal species and no less than 1,385 plant species are now on the lists. Thein 2019-2020 have a lot to do with it. They killed between one and three billion animals, razed 9% of the habitat of koalas.
Climate change and other causes
Faced with this report “shocking”, the government has decided to create new national parks and marine protected areas to reach a target of 30% of the territory of Australia under protection by 2030. It has also promised to invest 250 million Australian dollars for the benefit of the threatened species. Scientists estimate that it would take 1.7 billion a year. They also call for fighting evil from the root, accelerating measures to reduceof .
: 5 key findings from the State of the Environment Report
1. Australia’s environment is generally deteriorating.
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Even if theanthropogenic does not appear to be solely responsible for the situation. Also in question, the pollution, and mining activities. Thus 6.1 million hectares of forest primary have been cleared since 1990 in Australia. And poor water quality has wiped out 90% of the native fish population over the past 150 years.