In Australia Koalas are in serious risk of extinction: here are some facts that everyone should know

In Australia Koalas are in serious risk of extinction: here are some facts that everyone should know
15 January 2020 m.mandonico@addlab.it
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In New South Wales, Koalas could be considered extinct species as early as 2050, we can’t let this happen.

Australia’s Mid-Northern coast is home to a significant number of Australian koalas, with an estimated population that varies between 15,000 and 28,000. According to the federal environment minister, Sussan Ley, up to 30% of the koalas in the region have been killed as their habitat “has been destroyed”, especially with bush fires. Their struggle mainly consists in the fact that, differently than kangaroos, who can jump fast and high, koalas are slow and in times of imminent danger, such as a bushfire, the only thing they can do is to climb higher their eucalyptus trees.

Unfortunately, eucalyptus trees, packed with oil, burn at a very high intensity, sometimes even exploding.

WWF Australia is deeply engaging in this cause, thus pushing the government to engage in implementing laws as to stop excessive tree-clearing. Other than being a political issue causing this, climate change has had a lot of influence.

As the director of the Fire Centre Research Hub at the University of Tasmania believes, January and February will be far worse as temperatures constantly continue to rise and drought aggravates.

Simple things we can do to preserve our planet:

• Reduce Plastic Waste
• Pick plastic up if you see it on the ground
• Reduce diary and meat consumption
• Donate
• Try not to waste water
• Properly recycle
• Avoid to eat heavy industrialized products
• Try to walk more or to use means of transport that do not pollute (ex: bicycle)
• Encourage others to put an effort too

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