Australian rodent extinct by climate change


This video says about itself:

First Mammal Extinction from Climate Change

14 June 2016

The Bramble Cay Melomys, a small rodent that lived on a tiny island off the coast of Queensland, Australia, has officially become the first mammal in the world to become extinct as result of human-made climate change. Scientists have concluded that the “root cause” of the extension was sea-level rise resulting in the destruction of their habitat. The Torres Strait sea level has risen at almost twice the global average rate between 1993 and 2014.

Many scientists believe that we have entered the sixth mass extinction as one sixth of the world’s species are currently facing extinction due to climate change. Joya Mia Italiano, Nik Zecevic and Elliot Hill discuss the extinction of the Bramble Cay Melomys and what this means for animals around the world on the Lip News.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Mankind just killed off its first species of mammal because of climate change

By 2050, up to 37 per cent of the world’s species could become committed to extinction due to climate change

Emma Henderson

15 June 2016

The first species of mammal has been wiped out because of human-caused climate change.

The Bramble Cay melomys was an endemic species to the Great Barrier Reef and lived on a tiny island in the eastern Torres Strait off the coast of Queensland. Scientists from the University of Queensland and the Queensland Government led a survey in March 2014 that failed to find any evidence of the Bramble Cay melomys in their last known environment. The animals were last seen in 2009, according to records.

The study, first reported by the Guardian, concluded the habitat was destroyed following rising sea levels, resulting in the loss of 97 per cent of the animals’ habitat.

Climate change plays a huge role in the possible extinction of certain species of animals.

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