Climate Change Just Wiped out Its First Mammal

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Rest in Peace

For the first time, a mammal has been driven extinct by human-caused climate change.

The Australian government has declared a small rodent called the Bramble Cay mosaic-tailed rat as extinct. The rising sea level coupled with worsening storms wiped out almost all of its food supply on the small island it inhabited, according to Scientific American — a grim reminder of bleak effects of humans on the global environment.

Under The Rug

This year, Australia’s Department of the Environment and Energy put out a press release describing a call to increase its efforts to protect the country’s endangered and threatened inhabitants.

The press release recommended moving the Bramble Cay rat, which Scientific American reports hasn’t been spotted since 2009, from being endangered to officially extinct.

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