Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Rodent goes extinct because of climate change

Are the climate change deniers happy now?

For the first time ever, a species of mammal has gone extinct solely because of climate change caused by human activity. A rodent called the Bramble Cay melomys - which had a mouse-like appearance and inhabited a tiny island off the Australian coast - appears to have been wiped out.

One out of every 6 species may become extinct because of climate change.

As recently as 1978, hundreds of Bramble Cay melomys lived on the island. None have been seen since 2009. This beautiful animal became extinct because climate change has caused rising sea levels that have flooded the island. The melomys lost 97% of their habitat in only 10 years.

All because of right-wing obstructionism.

(Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/14/first-case-emerges-of-mammal-species-wiped-out-by-human-induced-climate-change)