Report: climate change key factor in extinction of rodent in Australia

A rodent known as the Bramble Cay melomys has become extinct, the first mammal species to be wiped out because of climate change, according to researchers who have documented the extinction. The small rodent lived on a tiny atoll between Australia and Papua New Guinea. “Available information about sea-level rise and the increased frequency and intensity of weather events producing extreme high-water levels and damaging storm surges in the Torres Strait region over this period point to human-induced climate change being the root cause of the loss of the Bramble Cay melomys,” according to a report prepared for the state of Queensland in Australia.

The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (6/14)

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