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Australia's 'shocking' decline in environment






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Australia is home to some amazing creatures and plant life. It's famous for them. However, scientists have reported a "shocking" loss of biodiversity. The government released a depressing report about the environment. It reveals a big decrease in biodiversity, an increase in habitat loss, and higher levels of pollution. It says Australia's environment is "poor and deteriorating". Australia has had drought, fires and floods recently. These have killed many animals. They have caused the loss of natural habitat. Climate change is also damaging Australia's ecosystems.

Australia publishes its environment report every five years. Each report is sadder than the one before. An Australian conservation group said the environment is suffering because the government is not taking action. It said: "This is the fourth…report and every time it tells us that the environment is getting worse and worse and worse because we're not taking…action." Australia has lost more mammal species than any other continent. More than 100 species are now extinct. An environmentalist said the report was, "a wake-up call to the damage humans are doing to the world around us".

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