Australia is home to some of most amazing creatures and plant life in world. It is famous for its diversity of species. However, scientists have just reported "shocking" loss of biodiversity. government has released its State of Environment Report. It is depressing reading. report reveals a serious decline in biodiversity, increase in habitat loss, and increasing levels of pollution. It concludes that condition of Australia's environment is "poor and deteriorating". Australia has been hit by drought, fires and floods in past five years. These have killed many animals and caused loss of natural habitat. Climate change is also harming Australia's ecosystems.
Australia publishes its State of Environment Report every five years. Each report has painted sadder picture. The Australian Conservation Foundation said Australia's natural environment is suffering because government is not taking action. It said: "There's nothing in this report we don't know. This is fourth...report and every time it has told us that environment is getting worse and worse and worse because we're not taking type of action we need." Australia has lost more mammal species than any other continent. More than 100 Australian species are now extinct. environmentalist said report was, " wake-up call to the damage humans are doing to world around us".