Global Warming May Spell Trouble for the Musky Rat-Kangaroos in Australia
By Sachin Trivedi | May 13, 2014 3:47 PM EST
A new study has shown that the last of a species of Kangaroos known as the musky rat-kangaroo may not have a home for too long if the current rate of global warming is not arrested. The musky rat-kangaroos are mostly found in the northeast region of Queensland.
According to a report published in LiveScience, the study was conducted by The University of Queensland's School of Earth Sciences. The report said that global warming may be affecting the tropical rainforests, a natural habitat of the musky rat-kangaroo and other species.
The musky rat-kangaroo is the tiniest kangaroo species. They are mostly found in the tropical rainforest regions north east of Queensland, Australia. The deep brown male animals are 6 to 11 inches long and weigh 529 grams, while the females are 8 to 10 inches long and weigh 511 grams.
The musky rat-kangaroos are particularly vulnerable to global warming because unlike other species, they have not adapted to live outside the tropical rainforest regions and may not survive if they were to suddenly move to a temperate region.
According to the study leader Kenny Travouillon, a paleontologist at The University of Queensland's School of Earth Sciences, the musky rat-kangaroos must be saved from the harmful effects of global warming as they are a vital part of the ecosystem in the tropical rainforest.
The musky rat-kangaroos are said to help spread the seeds of the fruits they eat, when they defecate. The conclusions of the study were based on examining the fossil evidence of the animals.
The possible extinction of the musky rat-kangaroos is the latest of the problems that could be caused by global warming. The other harmful effects of the phenomenon reportedly include rising sea levels, large scale wildfires, increase in heat waves, extreme storms and severe droughts.
Not everyone is convinced about the harmful effects of global warming however, and a large number of people deny the existence of global warming. Many people also do not believe that concentration of CO2 is the cause of global warming.
While the debate of global warming is still ongoing, the impact of climate change is being studied in Australia. The studies are being conducted across sectors like water security, agriculture, coastal communities and infrastructure.
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