Queensland is still the biggest emitter of carbon dioxide in Australia, according to a report. Due to this, Environment Minister Steven Miles says that they extended the deadline for submissions to Queensland’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

A report from the National Greenhouse Inventory also indicates that the state’s level of increase in carbon emission has slowed by 4.6 percent. On the other hand, Western Australia is found to have Australia’s biggest increase in carbon emission, with up to 26 percent.

Previously, the deadline for submissions to Queensland’s low-carbon economy transition was set on August. Now, the Environment Minister announced that the deadline is extended by one additional month until Friday, September 2, so people in the state can weigh in on how carbon emissions are controlled.

Miles adds that the government is committed to taking action to address climate change. The extinction of the Bramble Cay melomys is just one of the countless reasons to do whatever it takes to tackle this issue.


Bramble Cay melomys. Credit: University of Queensland

“Increasing sea temperatures are affecting the Great Barrier Reef and we have seen our first mammal extinction due to human-induced climate change right here in Queensland,” Miles said.

The Bramble Cay melomys, the only Australian mammal species native to the Great Barrier Reef, was recently confirmed to be extinct. It is the first mammal to go extinct due to climate change caused by humans.

Researchers from the University of Queensland and the Queensland Government said that Bramble Cay melomys were last seen in late 2009. The team was already apprehensive that the mammals were gone after a survey performed in March 2014 did not reveal the animals. Further investigations from August to September 2014 also did not find any  Bramble Cay melomys.

The extinct mammal species used to live on a narrow coral cay located in the Torres Strait, which lies between Queensland and the Melanesian Island in Papua New Guinea.