"Conservation documents for more than half of Australia’s critically endangered
species and habitats fail to mention climate change according to new analysis
that argues there is a significant “climate gap” in the management of
Australia’s threatened wildlife.
The report was commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and
prepared by the Australian National University’s GreenLaw project, which is led
by students in the ANU’s law faculty.
The analysis examined the extent to which conservation documents for
Australia’s most imperilled wildlife discussed and addressed the threat of
It found that for 178 out of 334 critically endangered species and habitats the
threat of climate change was not mentioned in the government’s conservation
information at all.
When it was mentioned, the analysis found the information “tended to be brief
and generalised” and the recommended actions to mitigate the threat were
“Our results demonstrate there is a significant climate gap in the management
of Australia’s threatened species,” said GreenLaw chief executive and lead
researcher, Annika Reynolds.
The report argues that without such an analysis there was a risk that
management of wildlife or decisions about developments affecting it would not
factor in the impact of the climate crisis."
Via Glyn Moody, who wrote "pathetic cowardice…"
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