vulnerable koalas

Koalas, already listed as vulnerable, are likely to die in greater numbers as they adapt to climate change, which will bring more intense bushfires, rising temperatures, increased drought and a drop in the nutrition levels of their food, a senior NSW Government scientist warns.

Dan Lunney told a conference of the NSW Nature Conservation Council that rising greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere would push up toxins and lower nutrients in eucalyptus leaves.

“We’d all burst into tears if they disappeared from the scene,” Dr Lunney told the Herald.

But he and his colleagues have begun a research project that may help the vulnerable animals adapt to climate change.

Sydney Morning Herald, 22 Nov 2008 – screen copy held by this website