Ethics and the Environment 25 (1):51 (2020)

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Eleni Panagiotarakou
Concordia University
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In 2016 a mouse-like creature by the name of Bramble Cay Melomys or Melomys rubicola went extinct.1 It was the "first recorded mammalian extinction due to anthropogenic climate change". The Bramble Cay Melomys lived in a small, reef island composed of coral rubble and sand that is part of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The report, which made headlines in the global media, described a domino-like chain of events that resulted in the Bramble Cay Melomys becoming extinct. According to the same authors, the Bramble Cay Melomys died from starvation after their main source of food, herbaceous vegetation, saw a dramatic decrease as a result of repeated intrusions of seawater which...
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