'Alarming' rise in Queensland tree clearing as 400,000 hectares stripped

Deputy premier manufacturers Australia ‘deforestation hotspot’ after a 45% leap in her state’s reef catchment clearing

Queensland underwent a dramatic surge in tree clearing – with the heaviest losses in Nice Barrier Reef catchments – within the 12 months main as much as the Palaszczuk authorities’s thwarted bid to revive protections.

Figures launched on Thursday confirmed a 33% rise in clearing to nearly 400,000 hectares in 2015-16, which means Queensland now has two-thirds the annual charge of deforestation within the Brazilian Amazon.

Associated: Unapproved land clearing an unfolding environmental disaster, inexperienced teams say

Associated: Queensland to make use of satellites to make sure native woodlands usually are not cleared

Associated: Murdered atmosphere officer’s household says land-clearing legislation change would diminish his life

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