Fires in Australia

Mrs.Anteater

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I imagine koalas can run from a fire very fast. However, the numbers don’t make sense. They estimate 1000 koalas died and then say that there is a population in NSW of 18000. That would still leave 17000. Do koalas only live in NSW? No question that the fires destroying the habitat have an impact, but it sounds a bit sensational to me speaking about extinction of the koala. At least at this point. Of couse koalas are at risk of extinction the same way as all other species, including us.
 

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I imagine koalas can run from a fire very fast. However, the numbers don’t make sense. They estimate 1000 koalas died and then say that there is a population in NSW of 18000. That would still leave 17000. Do koalas only live in NSW? No question that the fires destroying the habitat have an impact, but it sounds a bit sensational to me speaking about extinction of the koala. At least at this point. Of couse koalas are at risk of extinction the same way as all other species, including us.
The problem with koalas is the same as with giant pandas. They have a limited diet and are therefore very sensitive to habitat destruction and environmental changes. They also reproduce at a very rate making it difficult to replenish the population after a major hit like this. Fact is, the koala was already on a slide before these fires so it's not just the fires. They are exacerbating an already alarming situation.

 

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Of couse koalas are at risk of extinction the same way as all other species, including us.
And I don't agree that all other species are at risk. Many creatures, even some mammals, can probably survive this mass extinction. Like the Cretaceous and Permian mass extinctions, there will be survivors and once the cause of the mass extinction is gone and things start to reset, we will see a whole new world emerge via evolution. Minus us. And that's the crux. Dominant species don't generally survive mass extinctions and we hold that place right now.
 

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And I don't agree that all other species are at risk. Many creatures, even some mammals, can probably survive this mass extinction. Like the Cretaceous and Permian mass extinctions, there will be survivors and once the cause of the mass extinction is gone and things start to reset, we will see a whole new world emerge via evolution. Minus us. And that's the crux. Dominant species don't generally survive mass extinctions and we hold that place right now.
Oh, for sure. I am convinced there will be a spike in the population of flies, rats and crows.
 

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The problem with koalas is the same as with giant pandas. They have a limited diet and are therefore very sensitive to habitat destruction and environmental changes. They also reproduce at a very rate making it difficult to replenish the population after a major hit like this. Fact is, the koala was already on a slide before these fires so it's not just the fires. They are exacerbating an already alarming situation.

Thanks for that link. It certainly will be good advertising to use the cute koala to push the subject of climate crisis. Whatever works. I always pictured Australia as having lots of uninhabited land, but maybe that land is not very koala friendly. And the area of livable land will certainly decrease as the climate crisis continues.
 

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. I always pictured Australia as having lots of uninhabited land, but maybe that land is not very koala friendly
It's not. Fact is, the interior and much of the North are desert. The forests tend to be concentrated along the coasts which is also where humans tend to be concentrated. Rather like Canada. Lots of empty land, not much of it usable for habitation.
 

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Oh, for sure. I am convinced there will be a spike in the population of flies, rats and crows.
Ants and spiders. Animals like coons that are highly adaptable. The smaller, more generalized, and adaptable a species, the more likely it is to survive us.
 

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Dominant species are bonded to dependency of the support system ... allowing the psyche side of BDSM to emerge! It may resemble PTSD by times ... a darker force of mystery! There are people that deny mystery and in the elimination of such ... the unknown grows and fattens!

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Fact is, the interior and much of the North are desert
Much of the interior has sparse vegetation or desert. The far north is tropical. I worked in Darwin for two very hot years and the climate was divided into the Wet and the Dry. For approx. six months it rained just about every day -and for approx. six months we didn't have any rain. The Wet was worst -due to the humidity......
 
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