07 Aug '11, 5pm

The Platypus Faces Extinction As Australia Heats Up: Photo: einalem under a Creative Commons license. As a mamm...

Photo: einalem under a Creative Commons license . As a mammal that lays eggs, has a duck's bill, a beaver's tail, an otter's feet and a venomous spur on its foot (males only), the platypus is a one of a kind animal. I mean that literally: it is the only non-extinct species in its genealogical family and genus. But things aren't looking good for the perplexing animal: as temperatures on its native Australia heat up, the platypus is finding it harder and harder to survive. A new study predicts that 30% of the species will perish by 2070 . Platypus have remarkably warm and waterproof fur, evolved to help them survive life in the icy waters where they spend much of their lives. But that fur also prevents heat loss- a major liability, as the platypus habitat in eastern Australia is predicted to heat up by 5° Celsius (9° F). The platypus is protected under Australian law, but cl...

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Photo: einalem under a Creative Commons license . As a mammal that lays eggs, has a duck's bill, a beaver's tail, an otter...

Oh no! Poor little guys - The Platypus Faces Ex...

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Photo: einalem under a Creative Commons license . As a mammal that lays eggs, has a duck's bill, a beaver's tail, an otter...

Not good! - 6 Species Facing Extinction Without...

treehugger.com 08 Aug '11, 1pm

6 Species Facing Extinction Without Protection Photo credit: normalityrelief /Creative Commons Tigers , black rhinoceros ,...

Without protection, these six species will face...

treehugger.com 08 Aug '11, 1pm

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Stranded Newborn Whale Calf Rescued in Australia

Stranded Newborn Whale Calf Rescued in Australia

treehugger.com 08 Aug '11, 4am

Photo: NOAA Photo Library / cc When a newborn humpback whale calf washed ashore on a beach in Australia's Gold Coast early...

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smashpop.net 09 Aug '11, 3am

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gssq.blogspot.com 18 Aug '11, 3pm

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6 Species Facing Extinction Without Protection

care2.com 11 Aug '11, 12am

Tigers , black rhinoceros , and giant pandas attract a lot of attention from conservationists and wildlife lovers—and with...