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Scientists urge tightening of land-clearing laws in Australia

The ABC’s Stephanie Smail reports (7.7.16) on a declaration by scores of environmental scientists calling for tighter land clearing laws and greater conservation measures to combat habitat loss.

‘Hundreds of high-profile scientists have issued a warning to state and territory governments to tighten land-clearing laws or risk losing precious native species.

‘The leading conservationists, from Australia and around the world, have issued a declaration to raise the alarm about the potentially deadly impacts of habitat loss.

‘The petition warned that the New South Wales Government’s plans to cut clearing red tape could put more wildlife at risk.

‘It also expressed concern the Queensland Government’s laws to protect vegetation would not pass.

‘”If we start to relax rules about the clearing of natural vegetation, we are going to lose species, there’s no doubt about it,” University of Melbourne ecologist Brendan Wintle said.’

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