Even after the rains, Australia’s environment scores a 3 out of 10. These regions are struggling the most

Tue, 6 Apr 2021 05:48:14 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Improved weather conditions have pulled Australia’s environment out of its
worst state on record, but recovery remains partial and precarious, new
research reveals.

Each year, we collate a vast number of measurements on the state of our
environment. The data are collected in many different ways – including
satellites, field stations and surveys – then combined to produce an overall
national score.

A year ago, after prolonged drought and devastating bushfires, Australia’s
environment scored a shocking 0.8 out of ten. Our new research shows nature
started its long road to recovery in 2020, especially in New South Wales and
Victoria. Some of the regions with the poorest scores have high levels of
social disadvantage, which risks being further entrenched by environmental
disasters such as drought, bushfire and heatwaves.

Nationally, Australia’s environmental condition score increased by 2.6 points
last year, to reach a (still very low) score of 3.2. But overall conditions
across large swathes of the country remain poor."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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