The Australia Problem: Climate Threat

Billy Burton

AUSTRALIA’S THREAT

Australia is predicted to be one of the nations to be most affected by climate change, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Even with a small temperature rise of around 1 degree centigrade, the IUCN has stated that this would be enough to render many endemic species extinct. With 87% of Australian mammal species being endemic alone, many belonging to exceptionally Australian-Bureau-of-Mete-001fragile habitats, this could spell ecological disaster. The pacific nation already has the worst mammalian extinction rate in the world. Ironically, the Australian government site on such issues is much more reticent to suggest such things. Whilst it can be difficult for the public to get too outraged over the loss of relatively unknown species, imagine the uproar if the Great Barrier Reef- a World Heritage Site- were to be destroyed by the impacts of climate change. With several mass coral bleaching events in…

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