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Endangered List – Australian species


 

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Picture: Wikipedia: The ornamental snake

How many species are extinct?

The Australian Government keeps track of endangered and extinct species through the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act list. Australia is home to one million diverse species in the world.

The above slithering creature’s safety has caused a stop to a coal mine in Queensland.

ABC News reported a recent Federal Court decision setting aside approval of the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland has sparked debate about whether courts should have that kind of power.

The court was sidelined because the government had not properly considered environmental advice for two vulnerable species in the areas.

The pictured ornamental snake (Denisonia maculata) is on the EPBC list as vulnerable. It is one of two animals that were the cause of this court decision to overturn the mine approval in Queensland.

The fact check has confirmed of the 266 extinct species in the world, Australia lost 25. Pictured below, the Tasmanian Tiger is one of them.

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From ABC News File: The Tasmanian tiger was declared extinct in the 1930s. Surveys to determine whether the Tasmanian tiger (Thylacine) was extinct or not began in the 1930s.

Extinct species
USA 266
French Polynesia 89
Mauritius 46
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha 36
Australia 35
Source: IUCN Red List tables 6a & 6b