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February - Government - Extinction - Bramble - Cay

In late February, the Australian government recognized the extinction of the Bramble Cay melomys, and it is probably the first mammal to go extinct due to "human-induced climate change," or anthropogenic climate change, according to a report by Queensland scientists.

According to multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists have arrived at the hypothesis that "climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities."

Oregon - Institute - Science - Medicine - Petition

However, the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine and its Petition Project stands by Frederick Seitz, an American physicist, and his stance that "there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate."

The petition also takes the stance that, in fact, there is "substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."

Scientists - Petition

About 31,000 American scientists have signed the petition.

About 18 scientific associations have made statements on climate change along with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

International - Union - Conservation - Nature - IUCN

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) notes that anthropogenic climate change is "increasingly being acknowledged as one of the greatest threats to biodiversity and human societies alike."

Regardless of your stance on the cause of climate change, here are some of its effects that have put certain species at risk of extinction according to the IUCN.

Global - Climate - Report - Land - Temperature

According to the 2018 Global Climate Report, the yearly global land and ocean temperature has increased at an average of 0.07 degrees Celsius, or 13 degrees Fahrenheit each decade since 1880. However, the average rate of...
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