August 16, 2022
According to an Australian government report, Australia’s environment and wildlife are being severely threatened by global warming, resource extraction and habitat loss. The five-yearly State of the Environment Report states that around 1 to 3 billion animals were killed or displaced in Australia’s 2019 bushfires and around 8 million hectares of native vegetation were burnt.
In the last five years, more than 200 plant and animal species, many of which are unique to Australia, have been added to the list of threatened species. Australia also lost more species as compared to any other continent. To tackle this, the government has vowed to introduce new environmental protection laws and reduce carbon emissions by 43% by the end of the decade.
Did You Know?
The inland taipan, which is considered to be the world’s most venomous snake, is found in Australia.