Australia will create a wildlife corridor spanning the continent to allow animals and plants to flee the effects of global warming.
The 2,800-kilometer (1,740 mile) climate “spine,” approved by state and national governments, will link the country’s entire east coast, from the snow-capped Australian alps in the south to the tropical north — the distance from London to Romania.
“A lot of that forest and vegetation spine is already there. But there are still blockages,” David Lindenmayer, a professor of conservation biology, told Reuters of the plan.
“The effects of climate change will likely to be less severe in systems that have some resilience and that we haven’t gone in and buggered-up.”
The creation of the corridor was agreed by state and federal governments this year amid international warnings that the country — already the world’s driest inhabited continent
— is suffering from an accelerated Greenhouse effect.