In the wake the demise of the Bramble Cay melomy, DEA's biodiversity committee convenor, Dimity Williams, says Australia needs to act quickly, as both extensive habitat loss and climate change are major factors in further extinctions. For example, there is near complete loss of old growth forests in Victoria. "Areas they have left are very small and they are vulnerable to severe weather events."
She said that while many people would question why the extinction of the Bramble Cay melomy should matter to any one individual, the answer lies in humankind's reliance on all natural systems for health. From ecosystems that clean water, air and provide food, to the medicines and anti-venom that come from plants and animals, human rely on all sorts of ecosystems to continue functioning.
"Climate change is the greatest threat to humans this century and one of the ways it harms us is through biodiversity loss," Dimity Williams told 10 daily. "Climate change threatens biodiversity by increasing the frequency and severity of severe weather events, such as heat waves, cyclones and flooding."
Experts who have spent years urging policymakers to follow through on plans to protect the species, believe current strategies to protect species are a failure. No authorities fulfilled a 2008 promise to establish monitoring programs and undertake field surveying to restore the melomys .
Australia holds the world record in threats to native species, with 111 mammals listed as vulnerable or endangered.
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