Wildlife diseases poised to spread northwards as climate changes, study shows

wildlife diseases poised to spread northwards as climate changes study shows

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  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska – As the world climate warms, parasite-carried wildlife diseases will move north, with animals in cold far-north and high-altitude regions expected to suffer the most dramatic increases, warns a study published on Friday in the journal Science..
  • At most risk are cold-blooded animals — including amphibians, fish and insects — that cannot regulate body temperatures to adjust to warming conditions, Jeremy Cohen of the University of Wisconsin, the study first author, said by email..
  • Mammals in cold climates can partially offset heat stress by adjusting their body temperatures, said Cohen, who started his research with Rohr at the University of South Florida….

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