From Cosmos magazine:
Ski resorts threaten alpine marsupial
Monday, 29 October 2007
SYDNEY: Australia’s only marsupial that hibernates under a blanket of snow has been pushed towards extinction by the development of ski resorts.
A new study reveals that the endangered mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus) has been threatened by resort development at Mount Buller, in the state of Victoria, and not bushfires or climate change as previously suspected.
The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, also in Melbourne, details the most rapid loss of genetic diversity ever documented in a mammal. It is published in the British journal Biology Letters.
Video on the mountain pygmy possum: here.
Australian Howard administration and climate change: here.
Leaf fossils discovered high in Australia’s Snowy Mountains have revealed a past history of warmer rainforest vegetation and a lack of snow, in contrast with the alpine vegetation and winter snow-covered slopes of today: here.