Australia: Climate Change and Wildlife

RESEARCHERS, academics and business leaders have formed a new group in South Australia to protect and manage wildlife in the face of climate change.

The Equinox Group will be headed by Adelaide University professor of plant conservation biology Andy Lowe.

Professor Lowe said it was important to build knowledge about the climate dependency of native and introduced species and how they were likely to respond to variations in conditions.

“Species extinction is expected to be particularly severe in the Mt Lofty Ranges,” he said.

Half of the woodland bird species are facing regional extinction due to the loss of their native habitat.

Ten species are already extinct and a further 60 continue to decline.

“Our generation has a unique opportunity to take action to arrest further biodiversity loss,” Professor Lowe said.

“However, this requires landscape restoration on a scale and complexity that is beyond any individual government or corporation.

“It requires vision and commitment at a community level.”

The Equinox Group says it will seek investment to fund landscape restoration on a meaningful scale.

It will also promote broader community participation in wildlife protection.

– AAP

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