2017: Unprecedented ecological challenges
2017 finds us facing unprecedented planetary ecological challenges with increasing climate change, expanding global populations, species and habitat loss and pollution of ecosystems and urban centres.
Here in Australia we have seen vast swathes of mangroves die across the Top End, large tracts of kelp forests die in Tasmania, and our Great Barrier Reef is gravely threatened.
Further south scientists anticipate a major disintegration of the Larsen C ice-shelf of Antarctica in the coming year, which will directly contribute to sea-level rise.
The Northern Territory faces unique challenges with vast landscapes and small populations to manage them. The NT is vulnerable to climate change with increases in temperature, rainfall and extreme weather events.
As our planet warms we need immediate action to ensure a safe and healthy climate and environment for both ourselves, and our children.
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