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45 Australian Species Will Go Extinct in 20 Years

45 Australian Species Will Go Extinct in 20 Years

According to a new report, 45 species will go extinct in Australia in the next two decades if measures aren’t taken to protect them.

The study was conducted by Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Among the species that could be wiped out are the Western Chestnut Mouse and the Spotted Tree Monitor.  

The CSIRO study was commissioned by the Wilderness Society and focused on the Kimberley, a region of northwest Australia and home to “some of Australia’s most iconic mammals and birds,” according to one of the researchers working on the project.

The report has been compared to a business plan for nature, identifying strategies that are the most cost-efficient and most likely to be effective.

The biggest threats to the wildlife in the area are predictably caused by humans. Non-native feral cats hunt birds and small mammals in the area, and humans have been using more frequent, more extensive and hotter wildfire regimes. Additionally, cattle farming and the introduction of other herbivores have done major harm to plants in the area.

CSIRO is advising an immediate one-time cash infusion of $95 million and also advises doubling the annual allowance of $20 million that is currently devoted to protecting endangered Kimberley species.

One can only hope that CSIRO is successful in raising the necessary funds from the Australian Government. After all the mistakes that humans have made in the region, it’s the least that we can do to foot the bill for minimizing the effects of our greed and carelessness.

The damage that we do to the environment and to wildlife is often irreversible. In the Kimberley, it’s not quite too late.

On top of success raising money to preserve these species, we can also hope that we learn a lesson from our mistakes. We recklessly introduce invasive predators into fragile ecosystems because we want those animals as companions, but we don’t want to be fully responsible for them. We start cattle-farming operations and on top of the cows that we slaughter for food, we’re destroying the ecosystems in the area as well.

The all-too-human habit of viewing nature as a resource to be exploited and viewing animals as only deserving life insofar as they are useful to us results in the deaths of billions of individual animals per year as well as an alarming number of plant and animal extinctions. If we want to reverse the trend, then protecting endangered species from the effects of reckless human expansion is a great place to start.

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6:54PM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

Carole absolutely right - knowledge is power and people power can achieve anything as long as we take action.
This is why I keep sending the petition to every person or group I can find that indicates they are fighting for and committed to protecting, conserving, respecting and valuing every living species. Just this week a mother and baby bilbies were found right where the proposed first massive mega gas hub is to be built. The bilby is endangered and very rarely seen by man and to make a find like this is sensational and shows that these creatures and species are indeed surviving and it is our responsibility to ensure they live and breed in health, safety and freedom. More dinosaur prints have just been located as well. The Kimberley is one of the rarest environments on Earth today: a large-scale ecological reference site, in which ecological and evolutionary processes are still unfolding. The true extent of the Kimberley's biodiversity is still unknown, as shown by these amazing finds this week, simply because this 423,000 sq km environmental wonderland has as yet been relatively little surveyed and explored. It is criminal to be ripping this rare environment apart and destroy what belongs to the world. Thanks to all at Care2 who have signed the petition and pls keep sending it out to every group, person, organisation as the bilby and those yet-to-be-discovered species need us to be the voice for the voiceless. http://wwww.thepetitionsite.com/47/please-save-the-kimberle

10:25PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

This is very sad but it isn't too late. The first step as being aware of the situation and caring about it.

5:13PM PDT on Jul 5, 2011

How true 'the biggest threat to wildlife is from humans' yes and would not quite agree that 'it is not too late for the Kimberley'.

In fact the Kimberley is under grave threat of massive industrialisation and today people are blockading pristine wilderness in an attempt to stop bulldozers coming in and destroying this magnificent region described as' the last untamed, unspoiled wilderness region on earth'.

The Kimberley coast is a pristine, healthy, safe and sheltered marine wonderland, home to coral reefs of great significance and nursery to the largest population of Humpback whales in the world. The Kimberley believe me is 'not safe'.

The wildlife is under threat as this will destroy over 2,500 hectares of land and pollute water, air and soil including Benzene production of over 1,766 tonnes per year. Massive toxic chemicals will enter the water and soil and all living creatures in this area, already under threat of extinction, will have to fight even harder to survive.

Writing reports is one thing but unless people all over the world stand together and say NO this cannot happen then these species and all the beautiful creatures who call the Kimberley home will no longer be in existence.

You can help pls sign petition http://www.thepetitonsite.com/47/please-save-the-kimberley-and-the-whales/
This is on Care2 and together we can make it happen and I hope you all get to see the Kimberley in all its glory, but act now because tomorrow will be too late.

Pe

6:40AM PDT on Apr 12, 2011

Colleen P, we are still waiting for you to explain your crazed and vulgar comments. I went to your profile page and it seems that you like to play with people's heads. I am wondering why you are on Care2 other than to make trouble for those of us who are seriously trying to change the world?

7:37PM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

Biggest thing people could do to help the situation is to lock up their cats at night...all you cat owners do you hear me....
That doesn't cost a penny....

1:21PM PDT on Apr 9, 2011

thanks for sharing this article =]

4:06AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

thanks for sharing

6:59AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

colleen p : are you taking something??

4:06AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Very sad.

2:49PM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Colleen, what in the hell are you talking about? I can't make heads or tails of what you are even trying to say. Before you call me out by name you better have explained yourself in clear-minded and rational fashion. Are you even pro-animal? Please respond.

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