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--land clearing-- Definition: Land clearing in Australia describes the removal of native vegetation and deforestation in Australia. Land clearing involves the removal of native vegetation and habitats, including the bulldozing of native bushlands, forests, savannah, woodlands and native grasslands and the draining of natural wetlands for replacement with agriculture, urban and other land uses. Impacts on the environment: Clearing increases erosion and sedimentation of waterways and reduces water quality Clearing removes habitats leading to the direct loss of millions of native animals and plants every year Bulldozed, rotting and burning bush emits greenhouse gases into the atmosphere Case study: In Australia as a whole, land clearing has become a major problem that is having drastic effects on some of our most loved parts of the environment. There are 1250 plant and 390 terrestrial animal species in Australia and of those numbers, 964 plants and 286 animal species are being effected by land clearing and deforestation. Some of
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