The story is a sad one. This tiny mammal, Melomys Rubicola, used to live on a little island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It was the only place in the world where they lived, but they could not survive the change in climate that destroyed the vegetation they ate and sheltered among. Researchers have declared that Melomys Rubicola became extinct as a direct result of global warming.
Nature is so varied and often, amazingly adaptable, but there is a limit to how much stress and pressure any species can withstand.