Australia has some of the most critically endangered species on the planet, many vulnerable to a blink extinction.
The latest State of the Environment Report says Australian biodiversity is decreasing while threatened species are on the rise.
So, just how are these species added to the threatened list?
You can find out on the latest episode of The Science Briefing podcast here:
Ahead of Threatened Species Day, Dr Sophie Calabretto talks to Cosmos Magazine journalist Matthew Agius about how animals and plants make it onto the threatened species list and why, in some cases, they receive little protection once they’re listed.
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