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SOURCE: ABC (Australia)

DATE: July 6, 2019

SNIP: Rare Australian sandalwood trees that are more than 200 years old are dying in South Australia’s outback.

Ecologist John Read spotted the dying trees on his property at Secret Rocks, between Whyalla and Kimba, on the state’s Eyre Peninsula.

The trees had been seen by the explorer Edward John Eyre in 1840.

“If it was just a single species of tree, you might think it would be a pest or disease that’s gone through, but we’ve noticed quite a significant die-off of wattles and long-lived pine trees.”

Mr Read called for national action on climate change and said: “old trees don’t lie”.