Sep 4, 2017

Australia’s hidden environmental crisis

The east coast of the continent is considered one of the worst deforestation areas in the world today. Freelance journalist Nick Rodway reports.

The forests of the Amazon basin are often referred to as the lungs of the Earth, nurturing life through rich, tropical biodiversity. Although often overlooked, it’s equally fitting to consider the jungles of the Asia-Pacific as the Earth’s heart. After all, they contain 20% of the world’s plant and animal species, and by some measurements make up six of the world’s 25 biodiversity hotspots. Australia adds to the variety, with its wealth of native vegetation. Each one of these areas is unique and plays an integral part in the world’s interrelated ecological systems.

The positive news is that the international community recognises them as such. Last month marks the one-year anniversary of the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit in Brunei-Darussalam, an initiative set up in 2014 to discuss the alarming rate of deforestation in the region.

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3 thoughts on “Australia’s hidden environmental crisis

  1. Zeke

    So, the taxpayer is paying to mitigate the runoff from industrial farmers raping our country, allowed through the lack of government protection due to political favours. Privatize the profits, socialize the loss… nothing new to see here.

  2. Deb

    Logging and clearing aren’t the only threats to forest. Fire management based on burning forests and reserves by departments fulfilling government policy has proved devastating to ecological communities in places like East Gippsland in Victoria. The science shows that such tactics don’t make us safer, but governments seem to be making this their major forest management tool. Very disturbing to see them throwing inflammatories on wet forests and swamps that simply don’t want to burn.

    1. Itsarort

      Ahh, the hidden Rural Fire Service crises. People who like to put out fires are often very keen to start them.

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