Queensland land clearing is undermining Australia's environmental progress

Maron, Martine, Laurance, Bill, Pressey, Bob, Catterall, Carla P., McAlpine, Clive, Possingham, Hugh, Watson, James, Rhodes, Jonathan, Wilson, Kerrie, and Hockings, Marc (2016) Queensland land clearing is undermining Australia's environmental progress. The Conversation, 22 February 2016. pp. 1-4.

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[Extract] Land clearing has returned to Queensland in a big way. After we expressed concern that policy changes since 2012 would lead to a resurgence in clearing of native vegetation, this outcome was confirmed by government figures released late last year.

It is now clear that land clearing is accelerating in Queensland. The new data confirm that 296,000 hectares of bushland was cleared in 2013-14 – three times as much as in 2008-09 – mainly for conversion to pastures. These losses do not include the well-publicised clearing permitted by the government of nearly 900 square kilometres at two properties, Olive Vale and Strathmore, which commenced in 2015.

Item ID: 42990
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Keywords: Australia, biodiversity, deforestation, environmental progress, land clearing, protected areas, Queensland
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Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2016 05:55
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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