Australia PM urged to strengthen environment laws

19:40  27 october  2019
19:40  27 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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More than 240 scientists have inked a letter to the prime minister highlighting native species extinction rates, urging him to strengthen environment laws .

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison© AAP Image Prime Minister Scott Morrison More than 240 scientists have penned an open letter to the prime minister urging him to strengthen Australia's environment laws in a forthcoming review.

The scientists point to extinction rates for native species, warning that another 17 animals could go extinct over the next two decades.

"Through our work we know intimately just how important the diversity of Australia's natural world is to the fabric of our nation and our social and economic prosperity," the letter says.

"Sadly, our work also tells us Australia is amid an extinction crisis.

"Our extinction crisis is primarily a result of habitat destruction, invasive species, altered fire regimes, disease and climate change damage."

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An independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act is due to begin by the end of this month.

It will be the first review of the nation's environment laws in a decade.

The current laws are failing to protect the environment because they are too weak, the scientists argue.

"Your government has a once-in-a-decade opportunity to demonstrate national leadership and fix our laws in order to protect and restore nature across Australia," the letter says.

"We urge you to embrace this opportunity, strengthen our laws, invest in nature and build a great legacy by ending our extinction crisis."

Among the group are Australian National University's Liz Hanna, who specialises in health impacts of climate change, conservationist at University of Queensland Richard Fuller and La Trobe University based bush conservationist Jim Radford.

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