A new report by the Nature Conservation Council – Hot, dry, and deadly: Impacts of climate change on nature in NSW is being launched in Lismore on Tuesday, August 29 and Ballina Wednesday, August 30.
The report draws together the latest research to highlight the harm global warming is doing to nature across the state. The northern rivers catchment management area had 448 threatened species in 2012, with 16 critically endangered, 5 extinct, 5 endangered populations, 185 endangered species, and 18 ecologically endangered communities.
Everyone is invited to attend and find out more about how ecosystems and species in the Northern Rivers and North Coast regions will be affected by climate change and learn about how to be part of the solution.
‘Species and ecosystems in NSW have suffered many blows over the past 200 years, with land clearing, invasive species, and changed fire regimes taking a terrible toll. Eight species in the region are already believed to be extinct and more than 170 are threatened or vulnerable,’ Nature Conservation Council Campaign Director Daisy Barham said.
‘Now climate change is a significant new threat that could push a range of species and ecosystems, including the koala, regent honeyeater, seagrass meadows and salt marshes over the brink if we don’t act quickly to reduce carbon emissions.’
Animal species that are currently presumed extinct include:
- The White-footed Rabbit Rat – it disappeared quite early after settlement.
- The Eastern quoll – it has disappeared from the north coast and most of mainland Australia. It may still be present in Barrington tops. Rufous scrub-bird and Eastern bristlebird – they used to be in the Big Scrub in the lowlands but no longer there.
- Fleays barred frog – probably extinct in the Big Scrub
Both events start at 6pm. Lismore will be held at Friends of the Koala Centre, Friends of the Koala Centre, Rifle Range Rd, Lismore. Ballina takes place in the Jullum Room, Ballina Surf Club, Ballina.
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