Climate change has driven a tiny mammal into extinction



June 15, 2016

After hours of setting and checking traps and infrared camera images, a team of Australian biologists has declared the Bramble Cay melomys extinct thanks to climate change. The small brown rodent was last seen on a tiny island off the coast of Papua New Guinea by a fisherman in 2009 and scientists have been unable to find any trace of it since. Signs of flooding suggest rising sea levels are to blame.


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