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Australia Pledges No Species Will Go Extinct In Next Ten Years

  • Government announces 10-year plan to protect environment
  • Australia has one of the highest extinction rates globally
A young female koala.

A young female koala.

Photographer: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images 

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Australia has committed to preventing any animal or plant extinctions in the coming decade under a new environmental protection plan, as the government aims to reverse widespread degradation.

An additional 50 million hectares (124 million acres) of land in Australia, more than 30% of the country, will be protected by 2027 under the government’s new Threatened Species Action Plan, Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said Tuesday.