First Extinction Related to Climate Change Reported


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The first extinction related to climate change has been reported.

According to the Associated Free Press, an Australian rodent, whose only known habitat was a small sandy island in Northern Australia, has officially been declared extinct.

The Bramble Cay melomys has reportedly not been spotted in a decade, with researchers from Queensland, Australia determining a key factor in the rodents demise is the higher level of sea water levels infringing on the low lying island in the Great Barrier Reef, resulting in a dramatic loss of habitat.

The Bramble Cay melomys was first discovered in 1845 on the small island by Europeans.