Shocking research findings place Australia as the second-worst country for species loss, with us landing the disappointing title largely due to the devastating impact of deforestation.
Nature journal has reported the findings, with more than 50 million animals killed each year from deforestation in Queensland and New South Wales according to the CSIRO.
“Australia is now the second worst offender in the world for the loss of wildlife,” said Wilderness Society National Director Lyndon Schneiders.
“Deforestation is Australia’s biggest unseen environmental crisis. Governments must end this national disgrace now.
“Deforestation kills millions of native animals including the iconic koala, adds to climate change, threatens the Great Barrier Reef and damages our soils and water resources.
“The worst offender is Queensland, where 1.2 million hectares have been cleared in the past four years. An MCG-sized area is bulldozed every three minutes.”
Australia is also part of a group of seven countries - PNG, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, China and the US - who are responsible for more than half of the global biodiversity loss spanning from 1996 to 2008.