Jun 13, 2016

Australian Rodent Is First Mammal Made Extinct by Human-Driven Climate Change, Scientists Say

Bramble Cay
Michelle Innis
The New York Times

rising sea levels have wiped out a rodent that lived on a tiny outcrop in the Great Barrier Reef, in what they say is the first documented extinction of a mammal species due to human-caused climate change.


“The key factor responsible for the death of the Bramble Cay melomys is almost certainly high tides and surging seawater, which has traveled inland across the island,” Luke Leung, a scientist from the University of Queensland