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Australian conservationists spent five months obtaining permissions and planning for a captive breeding programme for the Bramble Cay melomys. But when they arrived on the rodent’s tiny, low-lying island, they discovered they were too late.
The Bramble Cay melomys has become the first mammal believed to go extinct entirely due to climate change impacts.
The Bramble Cay melomys has become the first mammal believed to go extinct entirely due to climate change impacts. Photograph: Queensland Government
Scientists hope new information will help protect the little-understood whale population that feeds and travels through the city’s waters

A humpback whale feeds less than six miles from New York City. Waters off New York City and the greater New York Bight serve as a feeding ground, nursery, and migratory corridor for many species of marine life including whales, dolphins, sharks, fish, and sea birds.

A humpback whale feeds less than six miles from New York City in 2014. Waters off New York City and the greater New York Bight serve as a feeding ground, nursery, and migratory corridor for many species of marine life including whales, dolphins, sharks, fish, and sea birds. Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher/REUTERS
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