Monday, December 12, 2016

First species made extinct from global warming

Scientists in Australia reported back in June 2016 that the Bramble Cay melomys, a rodent found only on Bramble Cay, a tiny atoll in the northeast Torres Strait, between the Cape York Peninsula in the Australian state of Queensland and the southern shores of Papua New Guinea is now extinct, thanks to human-made global warming.

Rising waters and changing weather patterns have killed off their food source, plants which rely on fresh water.  The melomys have been starved or or drowned by rising sea levels and extreme weather events.  The tiny creature was already on the endangered list.  In 2014, scientists set traps and cameras to find evidence the rodent was still there, but nothing has been seen.

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