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A new report has found that the more grassland you have in your area, the better it is for the planet.
The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, found that in Australia and New Zealand, grasslands were the best places to live in 2050, with the grasslands of the North West, South West, and Central West showing the biggest declines.
It found that for every square kilometre of grassland in Australia, an area of 10.3 hectares would lose 0.8 square kilometres of land.
But the most significant loss was in Queensland, with an area that was more than 10 times the size of New Zealand’s grasslands losing 0.5 square kilometres.
In the South West and the Central West, the number of square kilometres lost by grasslands increased by 0.4 and 0.1 square kilometres respectively.
However, there were no significant gains for inland grasslands, with areas that were at least 10 times smaller losing 0,7 and 0,6 square kilometres, respectively.
The researchers said that in New Zealand there was no clear trend in how the grassland was being lost.
The report was led by Dr David Tarrant, from the University of Queensland, who said grasslands are being replaced by forests and plantations.
“This means that the climate of the landscape is changing and it’s becoming less stable,” Dr Tarrat said.
“And when we look at what is happening now in Australia with climate change, we can see that it’s not just in terms of the amount of rain but in the fact that the forest and the plantations are becoming more dominant.”
The grasslands have become more and more important, the biodiversity is less and less important, and the habitats of the animals are changing.
“So the ecosystems that are already there are disappearing.”
He said grassland ecosystems could lose up to 20 per cent of their land by 2050.
“If we take away all of the carbon we are putting into the atmosphere and put it back into the grass, we’re only going to have about 5 per cent carbon left,” he said.But Dr T