Bramble Cay melomys are the first mammal to official go extinct as a result of man-made climate change.

The small brown rodent, native to an island near Papua New Guinea, was owas transferred from the Endangered Category to the Extinct Category by the Australian government this week.

“We have consistently called on [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison and Melissa Price to show leadership on climate change, instead of burying their heads in the sand,” said Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch to The Sydney Morning Herald.

“How many more species do we have to lose for federal government to take action,” she continued

Countries are beginning to document the effects climate change on the eco system in the media more frequently.

Figures from the National Biodiversity Data Centre were widely published this week with the extreme decline in bees and butterflies being one of the most important statistics to come from the report.

The scientific review stated this signalled the “collapse of nature’s ecosystems.”

The review reported that 40 per cent of insect species are declining and a third are endangered.

By Cáit Caden

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