Australia’s beloved native birds are disappearing – and the cause is clear

Along Australia’s heavily populated east coast, population declines have been noted for common bird species, including the rainbow bee-eater. Photograph: Gary Meredith Across parts of Australia, vast areas of native vegetation have been cleared and replaced by our cities, farms and infrastructure. When native vegetation is removed, the habitat and resources that it provides for native wildlife are invariably lost. Read more here.

Scientists warn of "extinction crisis" in open letter to PM

Two-hundred-and-fifty Australian scientists have written an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison today, warning that Australia is in the midst of an "extinction crisis" and calling on him to strengthen Australia's environment laws. The scientists have timed their letter to coincide with a Federal review of Australia's key environmental protection law. They say that government action is urgently needed to stop the destruction of habitat that is now threatening even once common native animals like koalas. For more on this, The World Today speaks to Dr James Watson, a professor of Conservation Science at the University of Queensland. He also serves on the International Panel for Biodive

An open letter to the Prime Minister from 248 concerned scientists.

Dear Prime Minister, We the undersigned are scientists who every day study, catalogue and document Australia's unique native species and ecosystems and work out the evidence base needed to save them. Through our work we know intimately just how important the diversity of Australia's natural world is to the fabric of our nation and our social and economic prosperity. Sadly, our work also tells us Australia is amid an extinction crisis. We are documenting a rapid decline in the overall numbers of species and the overall diversity of wildlife across the land, rivers and seas of our country.1 Australia's native species are disappearing at an alarming rate. In the last decade alone three of our n

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