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‘A national disgrace’: Australia’s extinction crisis is unfolding in plain sight

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Source: theguardian.com

Global warming wiped out the Bramble Cay melomys – the first mammalian extinction in the world to be caused by climate change – but a straightforward plan that could have rescued the little rodent was thwarted by red tape and political indifference.

“It could have been saved. That’s the most important part,” says John Woinarski, a professor of conservation biology who was on the threatened species scientific committee that approved a 2008 national recovery plan for the species, endemic to a tiny island in the Torres Strait. MORE

Header Image: Yakka skink. Credit: Shawn Scott.

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