Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has infuriated environmental scientists with his recent 'no more parks' vow. In response, ALERT issued a press release today decrying the PM's ill-advised tack.
The press release highlights the need for more--not fewer--protected areas in critically threatened ecosystems in Australia, such as the imperiled Mountain Ash forests of Victoria.
It also highlights the stunningly poor example that Australia is now setting internationally, via Abbott's actions.
The press release is already garnering attention both in Australia and overseas. See also the related blog on ConservationBytes.com by ALERT member Corey Bradshaw.