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3 billion animals are affected by wildfires in Australia

Forest fire in late 2019 and early 2020 is considered one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history.

Heavily burned koalas were rescued in Australia’s wildfire disaster. Photo: EPA.

According to a report released on July 28, about 148 million mammals, 180 million birds, 51 million frogs and 2.46 billion reptiles were either burned down or relocated to their habitats. new during the last wildfire season in Australia.

The fire destroyed more than 115,000 square kilometers of forests and vegetation across the country. This is the biggest and longest forest fire disaster in modern history. Experts say that the severity of the event is related to climate change.

The new study, led by senior scientist Lily van Eeden at the University of Sydney, is the first Australian-wide damage survey. Earlier, a study earlier this year estimated that one billion animals died in flames in New South Wales and Victoria, the two eastern states most severely affected.

The results of the new survey are still being updated. The final report will be released at the end of August, but the number of 3 billion animals affected is likely to remain unchanged, according to the research team.

“The interim figures are really shocking! It’s hard to list another event anywhere in the world in modern history killing more wildlife,” said Dermot O’Gorman, Chief Operating Officer. Underlined by the Australian Natural World Fund.

After the wildfire disaster, about 100 species of endangered native flora and fauna in Australia are struggling to survive due to the loss of more than half of their natural habitat. Longer summers and shorter winters due to global warming also make forest fire prevention more difficult.

In addition to the University of Sydney, the new study also included the University of New South Wales, University of Newcastle, Charles Sturt University and the conservation group BirdLife Australia.

(According to AFP)

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