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Duck-billed platypus under threat from climate change


SYDNEY: Australia’s devastating drought, and different effects of climate change are pushing the long-lasting duck-billed platypus, a globally distinctive mammal, in opposition to extinction, a learn about revealed on Monday warned.


Platypuses had been as soon as regarded as widespread around the eastern Australian mainland and Tasmania, although not so much is understood about their distribution or abundance as a result of the species’ secretive and nocturnal nature, according to researchers from the University of New South Wales, Australia. Researchers call for action to minimise the chance of the platypus vanishing because of habitat destruction, dams and weirs.

The learn about, revealed within the journal Biological Conservation, examined the doubtless devastating aggregate of threats to platypus populations, together with water useful resource building, land clearing, climate change and increasingly more severe classes of drought.


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