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This is Australia’s most important report on the environment’s deteriorating health

Emma Johnston and colleagues write in The Conversation (19.7.22) about the release of their jointly authored report on the state of the environment in Australia. As the authors note, the report’s findings make for a ‘sobering’ assessment of the nation’s environmental management and conservation.

‘Climate change is exacerbating pressures on every Australian ecosystem and Australia now has more foreign plant species than native, according to the highly anticipated State of the Environment Report released today.

‘The report also found the number of listed threatened species rose 8% since 2016 and more extinctions are expected in the next decades.

‘The document represents thousands of hours of work over two years by more than 30 experts. It’s a sobering read, but there are some bright spots.

‘Australia has produced a national state of environment report every five years since 1995. They assess every aspect of Australia’s environment and heritage, covering rivers, oceans, air, ice, land and urban areas. The last report was released in 2017.

‘This report goes further than its predecessors, by describing how our environment is affecting the health and well-being of Australians. It is also the first to include Indigenous co-authors.’

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