Monday, June 20, 2016

Mammal Monday -- Bramble Cay melomys

Today's mammal is a kind of a bummer -- the first mammal believed to be extinct due to climate change. The Bramble Cay melomys (photo from is a tiny rodent native to a small island in the northern part of the Great Barrier reef.  As sea levels have risen over the past decade, due to La Nina and climate change, the habitat of the species has disappeared.  There's a slight chance that new populations may be found on Papua New Guinea, but things don't look too bright now.  For a great summary of the issue, check out this article from Huffington Post.

Proof positive that climate change should be front and center for everyone, including our policy-makers.

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