Koalas face decades in decline as farmers destroy swathes of forest:

They are fair-haired by tourists, hugged by world leaders and stroked by celebrities keen to be photographed with Australia’s cutest marsupial.

Not for for much longer, however, in line with a report on the long survival prospects of the native bear.

The threat to the species comes from land clearance, that is destroying swathes of native bear home ground in northern New South Wales.

Conservationists believe that koalas are extinct within the state by 2050 if it continues.

The regime determined last year to repeal native vegetation laws, that prevented farmers from felling trees. Landowners had claimed that the principles were too Draconian and stopped them creating a living.


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