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Climate Change Casualties

The rat-like Bramble Cay melomys appears to have become extinct.

The rodent was known to have lived only on Bramble Cay, a minuscule atoll in the northeast Torres Strait, between the Cape York Peninsula in the Australian state of Queensland and the southern shores of Papua New Guinea. The long-tailed, whiskered creature, called the Bramble Cay melomys, was considered the only mammal endemic to the Great Barrier Reef.

The livable habitat on Brambly Cay has shrunk as the result of rising seas, which are the result of melting glaciers, themselves the result of increased atmospheric greenhouse gases, which in turn are the result of the burning of fossl fuels. While American politicians vacillate between questioning whether climatology is a real science and feigning ignorance about it, the devastating effects of climate continue to accumulate. Things are not going to get better if we continue to ignore the problem.

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