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A third of Australia’s spectacled flying fox population wiped out by extreme heat waves

Extreme heat wipes out almost one third of Australia’s spectacled flying fox population, ABC Far North , 20 Dec 18, By Sharnie Kim and Adam Stephen An extreme heatwave in far north Queensland last month is estimated to have killed more than 23,000 spectacled flying foxes, equating to almost one third of the species in Australia.

The deaths were from colonies in the Cairns area where the mercury soared above 42 degrees Celsius two days in a row, breaking the city’s previous record temperature for November by five degrees.

Ecologist, Dr Justin Welbergen from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (Western Sydney University) is collating the numbers of bat deaths and said it was the second-largest mass die-off of flying foxes recorded in Australia and the first time it had happened to this species.

“These are certainly very serious wildlife die-off events and they occur at almost biblical scales,” he said……..https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-19/heat-wipes-out-one-third-of-flying-fox-species/10632940

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December 20, 2018 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, environment

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