Scientists have been warning all of humanity about the growing concern over climate change and its effects on the world for decades. While numerous politicians scoffed at these claims made back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, many of those predictions are now coming true, and it is becoming clearer than ever that humanity has had a significant impact on the planet’s climate.
Anthropogenic Climate Change is taking its toll, and there are already places where its effects are causing an impact. From the endangerment of numerous species to potential losses of actual living space due to the rise in global sea-levels, these are some of the worst impacts already seen from Anthropogenic Climate Change…
These things have already happened and continue to worsen…
10. The Extinction Of The Bramble Cay Melomys
It’s unlikely you’ve ever heard of the Bramble Cay melomys — most hadn’t heard of the tiny rodent until news broke in February 2019 of its extinction. The small rodent was once an inhabitant of a tiny island near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
It lived among sparse vegetation on the island, but sadly, the rodent has gone the way of the Dodo Bird and so many other creatures who once called this planet home. The Bramble Cay melomys was the victim of global climate change and its effect on the rising global sea-level.
The species’ demise was first noted in 2016 when scientists in Queensland discovered that the increased frequency and intensity of weather events coupled with the rising sea-level spelled certain doom for the animal. Storm surges and habitat loss eventually wiped the species from the island (along with most of the island itself).
There was a plan in place to save the species from extinction, but it never received government funding. The Bramble Cay melomys is the first of what are feared to be many extinctions resulting from anthropogenic global climate change.
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