"In just five years, greater gliders — fluffy-eared, tree-dwelling marsupials —
could go from vulnerable to endangered, because Australia’s environmental laws
have failed to protect them and other threatened native species.
Our new research found that after the greater glider was listed as vulnerable
to extinction under national environment law in 2016, habitat destruction
actually increased in some states, driving the species closer to the brink.
Now, they meet the criteria to be listed as endangered.
Despite this, the federal government has put forward a bill that would further
weaken Australia’s environment laws.
If Australia wants to ditch its shameful reputation as a global extinction
leader, our environmental laws must be significantly strengthened, not
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