Australian wildlife experts discuss the impacts of climate change on endangered species
A group of conservationists is calling on governments to protect Australia’s wild animals from the impacts and degradation of climate disruption.
The group’s national chief executive, Kate Hochstein, says Australia has a duty to protect animals, including the country’s iconic birds, bats and frogs, but is also taking an ecological and political risk.
The Australian Wildlife Conservation Society (AWCS) said its members would urge all states to consider the impacts on wildlife.
“It is vital that we work together with our international partners to protect the biodiversity and ecosystems that make up Australia’s national parks and other iconic wildlife sites,” Ms Hochsteins statement said.
“As we embark on a transition to a new era of climate-driven change, Australia’s biodiversity is at risk.”
There are many more species at risk than at present, but our focus is on the most vulnerable.
We urge all Australian governments to take steps to protect wildlife in the national parks, forests and waterways they are responsible for, and to protect and conserve threatened species in our parks and waterways.
“We recognise that we are a long way from the point of no return, and our conservation actions will be part of a transition period that will continue to involve conservation for as long as the world is on track to meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to well below 2C.”
It is imperative that our national parks continue to thrive and thrive for the future generations, including future generations of Australians.
“AWCS said its research and advocacy work has identified an “unprecedented” amount of damage to Australia’s wildlife and its ecosystem, and that there were at least 3,600 species threatened or threatened with extinction.
The report, entitled ‘Dirty Air’, outlines a wide range of species at increased risk from climate disruption, including large mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians.
The scientists also warned that Australia’s “vulnerable” populations of species, including mammals and reptiles, had not been adequately assessed by the government.
She said the report highlighted the importance of “working with local governments, the national government and others to establish safe pathways for the wildlife to migrate and for communities to manage their own wildlife populations”. “
If Australia is to protect its wildlife and habitats, we must not allow the effects of climate instability to disrupt our ability to do so,” she said.
She said the report highlighted the importance of “working with local governments, the national government and others to establish safe pathways for the wildlife to migrate and for communities to manage their own wildlife populations”.
She said a number of initiatives were in place to support the migratory and ecological health of species in national parks.
She called for greater coordination between government agencies, regional and local governments and the private sector to improve the conservation of wildlife, as well as better understanding of the impact of climate and climate change.