Published: Wed, January 15, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Australia drops 4,000 pounds of food to save starving wildlife

Australia drops 4,000 pounds of food to save starving wildlife

"Initial fire assessments indicate the habitat of several important Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby populations was burnt in the recent bushfires". "We don't really take into account plants and animals that could be endangered by fire".

"The wallabies were already under stress from the ongoing drought, making survival challenging for the wallabies without assistance".

Recovery initiatives to conserve animals in wildfire-hit locations are underway throughout Australia, consisting of on the biodiverse Kangaroo Island off the South Australian shore, where 10s of countless koalas have actually been eliminated and also numerous various other special varieties have actually been drastically affected.

But the service called "Operation Rock Wallaby", which has been commissioned the New South Wales government - will hopefully provide food to the animals which managed to escape the raging wildfires, but have been left with nothing to eat.

Operation Rock Wallaby is mainly focused on the state's colonies of brush-tailed rock wallabies already at risk before the fires because their habitat had been destroyed.

Amid scenes that aid workers have described as "apocalyptic", burned landscapes are littered with animal carcasses. They can feel the grass and know if it would burn well; they knew what types of fires to burn for what types of land, how long to burn, and how frequently.

The fires in Australia have been burning for months, consuming almost 18 million acres of land, causing thousands to evacuate and killing potentially millions of animals.

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The bushfires have also killed 27 people across Australia.

Climate change can cause extreme dry weather, powerful winds, and reduced rainfall. That is not contested.

© Matt Kean MP/Facebook The Australian government dropped carrots and sweet potatoes, January 11, 2020, to feed animals that have been stranded by relentless brush fires.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has faced criticism for downplaying the need to address climate change, which experts say has helped supercharge the unprecedented blazes.

NSW Surroundings Minister Matthew Kean mentioned the meals drops shape a part of a state-wide scheme addressing post-fire natural world restoration.

In a news conference later that day, Morrison said of Australian's carbon emissions that "the government has set its targets, and we're going to look to meet and beat those targets", though he stressed in his ABC interview that he did not want to compromise jobs in the coal sector or seek to hike energy rates for consumers.

"In hindsight, I would not have taken that trip knowing what I know now", he said.

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