Will the Summer Be Endless by 2100?

Will the Summer Be Endless by 2100?

By Natasha Lasky, A new study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters suggests that global warming will drastically alter the seasons, and may cause summers to last at least six months in the Northern Hemisphere by the end of this century.  Meanwhile, winter could last less than two months, with the spring and autumn seasons […]

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Ticks Target People as Climate Warms

Ticks Target People as Climate Warms

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer A new study presented during the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting revealed that ticks carrying the bacterium that causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever are more than twice as likely to feed on humans rather than dogs when temperatures rise.  Why This Matters: Ticks are thriving […]

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Mink Farm Die-Off Due to COVID

Mink Farm Die-Off Due to COVID

NBC News reported that more than 10,000 minks in Utah mink “farms” have contracted COVID and died, forcing the state to close them and begin an investigation into what caused the outbreak. 

Why This Matters:  The fact that the virus spread from humans to the animals is alarming, but fortunately the risk of it spreading from minks to humans is low, according to the Utah State Veterinarian and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Freshwater Mussels Face Potential Pandemic of Their Own

Freshwater Mussels Face Potential Pandemic of Their Own

While humans face COVID-19, freshwater mussels could be facing a pandemic of their own. Researchers have found a novel densovirus, dubbed “Mussel-bola,” that may be responsible for killing 80,000 mussels in a 650 foot stretch of the Clinch River in Virginia over only 2 years.

Why This Matters: Mussels serve as a proverbial canary in the coalmine for freshwater ecosystems.

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Flesh-Eating Bacteria On Rise Due To Climate Change

Flesh-Eating Bacteria On Rise Due To Climate Change

This summer the number of cases of people who are made ill by a flesh-eating bacteria called vibrio vulnificus that stops blood circulation, causing muscle tissue to die and skin to decay is increasing around the country — and the cause is believed to be climate change. 

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Climate change increases risk of food-borne illness

Climate change increases risk of food-borne illness

As climate change continues to warm our planet, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that governments around the world must take increased precaution to ensure food safety–something that has not received enough political attention. U.N. agencies and the African Union recently met in Ethiopia at an international food safety conference and made the following statement: […]

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