Current threats to Australian Wildlife
This page is to voice concerns, suggest solutions and generally discuss some of the current threats to our wildlife
Please feel free to contribute anything you think is relevant
There are a number of uncertainties about the details, and a lot of hype and mis-understanding, but the evidence for climate change at a more rapid rate than ever before seems over-whelming and alarming, and whatever its causes this will have major effects on wildlife, and on tourism. Whatever effects changes in the sun’s activity may also produce, the evidence for human-induced climate change is also very strong, and the actions needed to reduce it also have other environmental benefits.
For evidence of climate change see:
Effect of climate change on wildlife:
The mining boom
Australia needs mining, both for the minerals and for the economy in general, but there are many who consider we do not need to mine all our resources as rapidly as we appear to be doing, and the unprecedented increase in mining activities across the country is causing concern for environmental matters, including wildlife conservation, in many areas.
Rehabilitation of vegetation does not ensure a return to original habitat, as evidenced by research in Far North Queensland: http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2012/03/26/211971_local-news.html
Coal Seam Gas, fracking and open cut coal mines
Four potential threats to wildlife are posed by the coal seam gas industry:
- Direct habitat clearing and fragmentation
- Where these pipelines are being constructed in other regions, thousands of animals have fallen into the trenches.
- Fracking (the proposed extraction of coal seam gas) uses enormous quantities of water. .
- Pollution of our underground water and water catchments is a grave concern for wildlife, livestock and the human population.
One of the worrying aspects is the rush with which CSG exploration has been spreading throughout Australia without a similar rush into research on its potential environmental impacts.
There are also threatened ecosystems and habitats of threatened animals being cleared for open cut coal mining in various areas.
See more details here on the problems of fracking and coal mining and Australia’s wildlife, and join our discussion on this topic.
Marine mining and dredging of coral reefs
- http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2011/11/03/3355047.htm What is going to happen to the Great Barrier Reef?
It is good that some areas have now been declared as marine parks or soon will be, but is this enough?
This is still one of the biggest, if not the biggest, threats to wildlife throughout the world, including Australia