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Australia has lost 30% of its koalas in the past 3 years


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Australia has lost about 30% of its koalas over the past three years, hit by drought, bushfires and developers cutting down trees, the Australian Koala Foundation said, urging the government to do more to protect the creature's habitat.

The independent non-profit group estimated the koala population has dropped to less than 58,000 this year from more than 80,000 in 2018, with the worst decline in the state of New South Wales, where the numbers have dropped by 41%.

Reuters report at MSN

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It may have something to do with the fact that various governments seem to think that if property developers promise to replant Eucalyptus trees after they’ve torn down old growth trees it’s all good and we’ve not lost any koala habitat. In fact, they’re very proud of the fact they’re making developers who rape the environment in the name of profit build new human habitats plant MORE trees then they cut down abd this will magically summon more koala.

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Australia is one of the countries already seeing an increase in the number of extremely hot days because of climate change, with places like Sydney experiencing temperatures around 50C.

The intense heat has led to unusually strong bushfires and some indigenous species dying en masse.

As the BBC’s Life at 50 degrees season continues, this film explores how this new reality is hitting home in Australia.


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