Australia’s Shameful Record of Biodiversity Loss
(Alex Greenwich, 19 October 2015, The Big Smoke)
Australia has a shameful record of biodiversity loss, with the highest rates of species loss among developed countries. In New South Wales, 100 animals and plants have become extinct since European settlement and nearly 1,000 are at risk, with 59 percent of animals listed as threatened. We have lost more than one-third of our native vegetation and almost all of our rainforests. Loss of biodiversity affects everyone, given its implications on climate change, food security, air and water, especially impacting our future generations.
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