The Government has no comprehensive national plan to protect Australia’s landscape to the year 2050, according to a report, which also warns of the potentially irreversible impact of climate change and the threats of coal mining, invasive species, rubbish, urban growth and habitat destruction.
The State of the Environment report — commissioned by the Federal Government and written by independent experts — found while the main environmental challenges remained climate change and land use, Australia had made good progress in managing marine environments.
Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said the report also showed improvements in the ozone layer above the Antarctic, although further improvements were necessary.
“We’re seeing more Indigenous areas subject to protection and more places listed on the National Heritage list and our World Heritage List,” he said.
“We’ve seen a bleaching event last year in the Barrier Reef and we’re concerned about further bleaching events.
“We’re also seeing some real challenges with invasive species and particularly feral cats that prey on marsupials and birds and reptiles, many of which are on the endangered list.”
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