Biodiversity is defined as the variety of all living organisms on Earth at all levels of organisation. It includes organisms that occur on land, in the sea and in fresh water, and includes bacteria, viruses, fungi, plants, and invertebrate and vertebrate animals. The definition of...
Bushfires (wildfires) are uncontrolled fire in the landscape. These particularly affect natural or seminatural vegetation, and have significant positive and negative effects on landscape and...
Land clearing represents a fundamental pressure on the land environment, causing the loss and fragmentation of native vegetation. Depending on subsequent management, land clearing can also lead to a...
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