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Victorian faunal emblem faces extinction

The Australian Greens today said that the resignation of respected ecologist David Lindenmayer over government inaction to protect Victoria’s faunal emblem the Leadbeaters possum is a huge wake up call for the Victorian government.

“Australia has one of the poorest records in the world when it comes to loss of biodiversity and species extinction,” said Dr Richard Di Natale, Greens Senator for Victoria.

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Greens call for an end to clearfell logging in Victoria’s central highlands

Victorian Greens Senator, Richard Di Natale, is calling for an  immediate end to clearfell logging in the central highlands.

“The all-but-entire destruction of old-growth forest in the central highlands region is devastating,” said Senator Di Natale.

A report today in the US journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that old-growth Eucalyptus used to make up 80 per cent of the forest in Victoria’s central highlands but has been reduced to just 1.2 per cent.

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