First mammal species goes extinct due to climate change.
The Bramble Cay melomys, a small Australian rodent, became the first species of mammal to go extinct due to the impact of climate change and habitat loss earlier this week. Brian Clark Howard of National Geographic reported on the historic extinction, which the government of Australia officially recognized this week.
According to Clark, the animal inhabited a small Great Barrier Reef island. From 1978 to 1998, the animals lost “97 percent of their habitat.” In other words, rising sea levels engulfed the island, and the Bramble Cay melomys with it.
Climate change and the corresponding human response is occupying headlines as students went on strike across Europe this month, and the proposal for a Green New Deal continues to divide politicians on both sides of the aisle while gaining significant voter support. As the impact of climate change is being seen more readily, the response is still the topic of ongoing political debate.
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