2013-03-26. Rare Australian Possum could be continent's first climate change victim

posted Mar 28, 2013, 8:02 AM by Lisa Ou
| Reuters in Sydney, The Guardian. Relevant to GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 8. Excerpt: A rise in temperature of just 1C (2F) could spell doom for a rare Australian possum within a decade, potentially making the tiny long-tailed marsupial the continent's first victim of climate change... Mountain pygmy possums have been a part of the Australian ecosystem for more than 25m years, but only 2,000-2,600 are believed to remain in the Snowy Mountains that extend between New South Wales and Victoria states...The possums hibernate in rock piles during the six months of the year that snow blankets the mountains. The snow serves as an insulator that prevents the rock piles from growing too cold and prevents the animals from freezing... A lack of snow also causes the possums to come out of hibernation before the moths and mountain plums they feed on become available, causing the animals to starve.... See full article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/26/rare-australian-possum-climate-change