"The Australian government has officially listed the koala as endangered after
a decline in its numbers due to land clearing and catastrophic bushfires
shrinking its habitat.
The environment minister, Sussan Ley, accepted the recommendation of the
threatened species scientific committee that the koala populations of
Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory should have
their conservation status upgraded.
The stronger listing under national law is recognition that the koala’s plight
has become more urgent and that successive Australian governments have failed
to turn the much-loved animal’s circumstances around since it was listed as
vulnerable in 2012.
It comes after the Morrison government last month announced $50m to help the
species. The funding was welcomed by environment groups but described as a
“drop in the ocean” if the root causes of the species’ decline were not
Ley said in addition to the endangered listing, the government planned to adopt
a long-awaited national recovery plan for the koala.
“Today I am increasing the protection for koalas in NSW, the ACT and
Queensland, listing them as endangered rather than their previous designation
of vulnerable,” Ley said."
Via Glyn Moody, who wrote "shameful failure #australia"
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