Australia: Endangered Koalas?
More stupid Greenie prophecy. If they ever get a disaster prophecy right will be the time to heed them, and not before. As it is, this is just another of their old scares. Scares are their stock in trade.
And it is as dishonest as usual. They say, for instance, that Koalas are "at serious risk of disappearing entirely from some areas". A more honest statement would be that Koalas are "at serious risk of disappearing entirely from some areas while being in pest proportions in other areas, such as Kangaroo Island in South Australia". There is no truth in them (John 8:44)
EARTH has lost a staggering 60 per cent of its wildlife populations since 1970, a bleak new report has revealed.
But koala numbers in Australia have declined at an even faster rate, and the beloved national animal is at serious risk of disappearing entirely from some areas.
The group WWF today released its Living Planet Report, a comprehensive study tracking 16,704 populations of 4005 vertebrate species across the world from 1970 to 2014.
It described the global decline in species — an average rate of 13.6 per cent every 10 years, or 60 per cent in total — as a “grim” result of the pressure humans place on nature.
While the figures are alarming, koala populations along Australia’s east coast have plummeted even faster, at a rate of 21 per cent per decade.
That shocking statistic can be explained by another figure in the report — eastern Australia is one of the 11 worst deforestation fronts in the world, and the only developed country on the list.
“It is a wakeup call for our east coast to appear alongside notorious forest destruction hot spots such as the Amazon, Congo Basin, Sumatra and Borneo,” WWF Australia boss Dermot O’Gorman said.
Clearing for livestock is listed as the primary cause of forest loss, with unsustainable logging an important secondary cause.
By 2050, koalas are likely to disappear completely from the wild in NSW, WWF Australia estimates.
The group blames the axing of forest protection laws by the State Government, saying it all but signing the species’ death warrant.
“The Government needs to urgently reverse its recent axing of laws that has led to a tripling of koala habitat destruction in northwest NSW,” Mr O’Gorman said.