Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Decade-long plan to halt native animal extinctions to be led by conservationists

Bush Heritage Australia will lead initiative involving 50 scientists that aims to rescue dozens of species from the brink

Wednesday 8 April 2015 05.30 BSTLast modified on Wednesday 8 April 201505.33 BST

A 10-year plan to tackle the rapid extinction rate of Australian animals has been launched, with scientists from across the country collaborating on ways to deal with the biodiversity loss.

Australia is spearheading the initiative, that will involve 50 scientists from 15 universities working on 55 projects to find solutions to the alarming decline of native Australian animals.

Australia has the worst rate of mammal extinctions in the world, losing 29 species over the past 200 years, with a further 56, or one in five remaining species, at risk of being wiped out.

This crisis also extends beyond mammals, with dozens of bird, plant, fish, reptile and amphibian species listed as critically endangered by the federal government.

No comments:

Post a Comment

You only need to enter your comment once! Comments will appear once they have been moderated. This is so as to stop the would-be comedian who has been spamming the comments here with inane and often offensive remarks. You know who you are!

Related Posts with Thumbnails