Climate change unseen in

Climate change unseen in environmental laws

Page 1 of 2 2020 Factiva, Inc. All rights reserved.NewsClimate change unseen in environmental lawsMike Foley447 words15 June 2020The Sydney Morning HeraldSMHHFirst11English 2020 Copyright John Fairfax Holdings Limited.Scientists say the federal governments key environment laws are failing to protect wildlife and ecosystemsfrom climate change.Climate change is a threat multiplier, said Professor Lesley Hughes. As the temperature continues to riseand we get more heatwaves, droughts and bushfires, threatened species will be in an even worse place thanthey are now.In 1999, the Howard government created the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC)Act to protect Australias unique flora and fauna, but it has failed to reverse the rate of biodiversity losses. Thelegislation doesnt mention climate change or compel the federal environment minister to account for it.In the past 20 years, the number of of threatened species and ecosystems has grown by more than one-third from 1483 to 1974 and mammal losses continue at the same rate of between one and two a decade. Onehundred species have become extinct since 1788.A CSIRO study, Quantifying extinction risk, estimated that climate change would increase the rate of lossesabout fivefold, with 10 birds and seven mammals becoming extinct in the next 20 years without purposefulintervention.Alana Grech, assistant director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral ReefStudies, said climate change is the leading cause of decline for the Great Barrier Reef and legislationshould be changed to mitigate its impacts.The Commonwealth governments Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report for 2019 showed the ecosystem is stilldeteriorating and found global warming to be the greatest threat to the reef, Associate Professor Grech said.A recent survey of the World Heritage listed coral ecosystem by the Centre of Excellence found that morethan 60 per cent of the reef ecosystem had suffered in a bleaching event caused by global warming earlierthis year. Mass bleachings did not occur before the mid-1990s, but this years event was the third and mostwidespread of three in the past five years.Professor Hughes, a climate scientist and biologist at Macquarie University, said climate change should becompulsory in the legislation and laws should force the federal Environment Minister to fund action plans thatprevent species becoming extinct, or to help them recover from reduced populations.Australian Conservation Foundation policy co-ordinator James Trezise said the federal government shouldfollow the lead of state governments which have set standards for how emissions-intensive projects areapproved like in Western Australia with mandatory emissions offsets.We are advocating for a climate trigger to be inserted into the laws, which compels the minister to accountfor the impact of climate change from major projects, Mr Trezise said.Document SMHH000020200614eg6f0000cSearch SummaryPage 2 of 2 2020 Factiva, Inc. All rights reserved. Textbarrier reefDateIn the last daySourceGroup: Major Aust. NewspapersAuthorAll AuthorsCompanyAll CompaniesSubjectAll SubjectsIndustryAll IndustriesRegionAll RegionsLanguageEnglishResults Found4Timestamp16 June 2020 20:02

Pssst…Are you looking for assignment help?

We have experienced native experts to complete any assignment you may have. Plagiarism Free & Great Quality. (Full Refund Provided)

<< SAVE15 >>

Place your first order with code to get 15% discount right away!

Impressive sample results