Today it was reported that yet another of our formerly pristine remote islands has become completely trashed by plastic debris.
Scientific Reports today published research that shows that over 238 tonnes of plastic has been washed up onto the Cocos Keeling Islands.
Plastic pollution on Cocos Keeling Islands
Plastic is literally destroying our environment and single use plastic consumables make up a huge amount of the problem.
It is time that the Australian government act to remove as much single use plastic from our consumer economy as possible.
Koalas are facing serious threats in the wild. Mathias Appel/Flickr
Today the Australian Koala Foundation announced they believe “there are no more than 80,000 koalas in Australia”, making the species “functionally extinct”.
While this number is dramatically lower than the most recent academic estimates, there’s no doubt koala numbers in many places are in steep decline.
It’s hard to say exactly how many koalas are still remaining in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, but they are highly vulnerable to threats including deforestation, disease and the effects of climate change.
Once a koala population falls below a critical point it can no longer produce the next generation, leading to extinction.