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2017-09-13. Climate Change Threatens the World’s Parasites (That’s Not Good).

posted Sep 21, 2017, 12:10 AM by Alan Gould
By Carl Zimmer, The New York Times. For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 8 and Climate Change Chapter 8. Excerpt: ...Recently, scientists carried out the first large-scale study of what climate change may do to the world’s much-loathed parasites. The team came to a startling conclusion: as many as one in three parasite species may face extinction in the next century. As global warming raises the planet’s temperature, the researchers found, many species will lose territory in which to survive. Some of their hosts will be lost, too. “It still absolutely blows me away,” said Colin J. Carlson, lead author of the study and a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. ...Researchers have begun carefully studying the roles that parasites play. They make up the majority of the biomass in some ecosystems, outweighing predators sharing their environments by a factor of 20 to 1.... https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/13/science/parasites-extinction-climate-change.html