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Catastrophic loss of species in Australia

Catastrophic loss of species in Australia

A young wombat in its mother’s pouch at the Hanover Zoo.

(Photo: DPA)

The number of endangered species in Australia has increased by eight percent in the past five years. In addition, due to climate change, all the ecosystems in the country are under increasing pressure. These are some of the dramatic findings of the much awaited Status of Environment Report 2021 in Australia.

Commentators and media Down Under described the results as “shocking” and talked about “Destructive loss of wildlife and habitats”. More than 30 experts collected data for two years. It covers every aspect of Australia’s environment, from rivers and oceans to wind and ice, rural and urban areas.

According to researchers, since its colonization in 1788, 39 mammal species have become extinct on the Red Continent—more than on any other continent. At the same time, 80 percent of the country’s approximately 400 mammal species live only in Australia, including Koalas, Wombatso and egg legends raccoon (platypus). Since the publication of the last report in 2016 17 species of mammals, 17 species of birds and 19 species of frogs have been included in the endangered species list or are now classified as “critically endangered”. Gone. Overall, the number of endangered animal and plant species has increased over the past five years from 1774 to 1918.

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