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Bramble Cay Melomys extinction the tip of the iceberg: Greens

Media Release
Janet Rice 21 Feb 2019

The first mammal to go extinct in the world from climate change, the Bramble Cay Melomys, is just the tip of the iceberg, say the Australian Greens.

“This is a national tragedy, but the extinction of the Bramble Cay Melomys is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Australian Greens Senator Janet Rice, Chair of the Senate Inquiry into Australia’s animal extinction crisis.

“Climate change is pushing other threatened animals to the brink of extinction, yet the Morrison government’s lack of action means nothing is being done to protect them.”

“We have other animals like the Spectacled Flying Fox where one third of the population dropped dead out of the sky in one afternoon during Queensland’s December heatwave.”

“The recovery plan for the Melomys was never implemented. The Morrison government could have done more but turned a blind eye.”

“This tragedy was entirely preventable. No species should go extinct. This is a political choice.”

“The burning and exporting of Australia’s coal is the single largest contribution to climate change that Australia makes. Australia’s addiction to coal and coal exports is the death warrant for many of our other threatened animals.”

The Labor and Liberal parties need to quit coal now and stop taking millions of dollars in donations from the coal industry.”

“It’s also clear the Environment Department has learnt absolutely nothing from the tragic Melomys extinction, with no current plans in place to conduct a review into how the extinction of the Bramble Cay Melomys occurred or learn what must happen to ensure more species don’t follow it down the tragic path to extinction.”

Other animals at risk of extinction due to climate change include the Spectacled Flying Fox, the Mountain Pygmy Possum, the Lemuroid Possum, and the Northern and Southern Corroboree Frog.

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