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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
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.
Climate change plays a huge role in the possible extinction of certain species of animals.
See also here.
This 2014 video is about Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world and the largest living structure on our planet.
From AFP news agency:
16 December 2015 – 09H25
SYDNEY – The Australian government is seeking corporate sponsorship for the Great Barrier Reef, sparking fears Wednesday that companies could potentially use such investments to hide poor green credentials.
In a brochure entitled ‘Partnerships for the Reef’, the government-backed Reef Trust said it was interested in sponsorship, joint investment and collaborative arrangements to deliver conservation projects.
“Your role and commitment to protecting and conserving the Great Barrier Reef will be widely acknowledged,” it said.
“All Reef Trust investments will be recognised in branding of project materials, ranging from online publications and reports to social media activities and reef events.”
The Great Barrier Reef stretches more than 2,300 kilometres (1,426 miles) along Australia’s east coast in resource-rich Queensland state.
Conservationists have long argued that exploitation of these resources, particularly coal, will risk harming the reef, as the material will have to be shipped out of the area, which is teeming with marine life.
The Australian Greens political party condemned the sponsorship idea, with Senator Larissa Waters asking: “What’s next, naming rights, like for football stadiums?
“While private donations for reef protection are welcome they shouldn’t be in exchange for advertising rights and they must be on top of adequate public funding, not in place of it,” she added in a statement.
“The most alarming part of this proposal is the potential for companies which are threatening the reef to buy positive reef branding to try to avert the reputational damage they deserve.”
Australia Pressed UN To Ignore Great Barrier Reef In Key Climate Report. Officials worried it would negatively impact tourism: here.
A Massive Reef Was Just Discovered Hiding Behind the Great Barrier Reef: here.
THE GRAVEYARD OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF Mass casualties plague the coral. [Nick Visser, HuffPost]
Researchers from Australia and the United States have reported that a 700-kilometer span of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has lost two-thirds of its shallow-water coral in the past nine months as a result of coral bleaching induced by global warming. This is the most severe episode of coral loss on the Great Barrier Reef on record, surpassing the events of 1998, 2002 and 2006. It will take at least ten years for the region to recover: here.
This video from Australia is called GoPro HD: Scuba diving, Great Barrier Reef.
From the Sunday Express in Britain:
Sir David Attenborough, 89, plunges 1000ft below sea level for new documentary
HE MAY be turning 90-years-old next year, but age is nothing but a number to Sir David Attenborough.
By Kirsty McCormack
PUBLISHED: 10:49, Sun, Nov 22, 2015 | UPDATED: 11:03, Sun, Nov 22, 2015
The much-loved broadcaster and naturalist has set a new deep-sea diving record after plunging 1,000ft below sea level for a new documentary.
The father-of-two was armed with a cameraman and Triton submersible pilot as he filmed one of three documentaries, which are set to be shown on BBC One over Christmas.
Speaking of his latest experience, Attenborough told The Sunday Times: “There is no other one like [Triton], and it took me to a part of the reef which no human being has ever looked at before.”
After coming face-to-face with a 6ft grouper fish – which is not known to exist at such depths – Attenborough said he felt “fantastically privileged”.
“David was, as it were, conversing with the fish, which itself must have been surprised to see a sub for the first time,” said Attenborough‘s producer, Anthony Geffen.
“If he did have any worries or fears about going down to 300 metres, he did not show them. Anyway, curiosity always gets the better of him,” he added.
Attenborough made his first trip to the reef back in 1957 for a Zoo Quest programme. The footage was shot in black-and-white and Attenborough described it as “the most exciting natural history experience of my life”.
This 2014 video is about the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Landmark victory for the Reef, and people power, as dredge spoil dump ban passed in Qld Parliament
Posted on 12 November 2015
New laws banning the sea dumping of industrial dredge spoil have passed in the Queensland Parliament in one of the most significant conservation victories ever for the Great Barrier Reef, said WWF-Australia and the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman said that, for more than a century, dumping huge amounts of dredge spoil in Reef waters was the norm. But the continuing decline of Australia’s national icon sparked an international campaign to end this out-dated practice.
“For everyone around the world who cares about the Reef this is a moment to savour,” said Mr O’Gorman.
“We’ve stopped up to 46 million cubic metres of dredge spoil from being dumped in Reef waters in coming years.
“That’s enough dredge spoil to fill 4.6 million dump trucks. If you lined those trucks up end-to-end on Highway 1 they would circle Australia three times.
“This is a huge win for people power. We thank the scientists, mums and dads, Australians young and old, and concerned citizens around the world who have all contributed to this victory. And we thank the Federal and Queensland Governments for listening and acting,” he said.
AMCS Reef Campaign Director Imogen Zethoven said: “The dumping ban becoming law sits alongside the establishment of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the World Heritage Area and the green zones as landmark moments for Reef protection”.
In June the Federal Government banned the dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. But in recent years about 80% of dumping has occurred outside the park, closer to shore. The Queensland Government’s Sustainable Ports Development Bill now extends protection to the whole World Heritage Area. It also restricts major new capital dredging to Townsville, Abbot Point, Gladstone, and Hay Point/Mackay.
WWF-Australia and AMCS thanked the Liberal-National Party Opposition and two cross benchers for joining the government to support the Ports Bill.
“It’s particularly heartening to see genuine bipartisan support for the new law, since it fulfils key commitments made to the World Heritage Committee in the Reef 2050 Plan. The Queensland LNP should be congratulated for strengthening their position on Reef protection,” Ms Zethoven said.
Ms Zethoven said many challenges remained.
“The latest dredging plan for Abbot Point could be approved any day, the promised ban on transhipping has not yet been achieved, the Ports Bill doesn’t cover dumping of dredge spoil from smaller projects like marinas, and each year about one million cubic metres of spoil from maintenance dredging is dumped in Reef waters,” she said.
AMCS and WWF want to work with the Queensland Government to reduce that volume per year and minimise the impacts.
WWF-Australia Media Contact:
Mark Symons, Senior Media Officer, 0400 985 571
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9 July 2015
In order to find out more about the level of pollution affecting turtles within the Great Barrier Reef, WWF Australia are working on an innovative project in Queensland with the support of partners Banrock Station Wines Environmental Trust, James Cook University, University of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, State and Commonwealth government agencies, Indigenous rangers and local community groups. As part of that project, the opportunity arose to very carefully fit a small GoPro camera to a turtle, to better understand the post-release behavior of tagged green turtles. The result is this amazing video.
A full ban on dumping in the Great Barrier Reef should happen in a matter of months. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee voted to maintain pressure on Australia to deliver on its promise to restore the health of the reef. Thank you to our 500,000 WWF supporters who spoke up to defend the reef!
Credit: Dr Ian Bell / Christine Hof