Relaxing environmental protection threatens Australia’s biodiversity

Australia’s animals and plants are under threat from changes to national park and land-clearing regulation, according to a team of scientists from across the country.

In recent years state and federal governments have relaxed laws preventing grazing and hunting in national parks, while also removing protection of vegetation on private land.

The scientists say removing protection will increase the dependence of Australia’s animals and plants on protected areas, and damage habitat corridors outside reserves.

In the past 200 years at least 27 mammals, 23 birds, and 4 frogs have become extinct in Australia.

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