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Climate Change: A Problem "Bugging" Missouri

PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is connected to a proliferation of menacing outdoor pests, from poison ivy to ticks. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith
PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is connected to a proliferation of menacing outdoor pests, from poison ivy to ticks. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith
August 25, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Climate change is connected to all kinds of creepy-crawly critters, with a new National Wildlife Federation report detailing how those changes are affecting the outdoor experience in Missouri. Doug Inkley, senior scientist at NWF, emphasizes what hunters, anglers, bird watchers and hikers have long known they have to cover up and watch for stinging and biting insects.

But, Inkley says the risks are multiplying as seasons arrive earlier and later.

"I'm talking about deer ticks and poison ivy," Inkley says. "These species are actually able to proliferate because of the changing climate."

The report notes garden and crop pests also are growing in numbers, with certain types of stink bugs and other non-natives munching vegetables and other plants.

The report calls for approval of proposed EPA regulations to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. Inkley adds, humans aren't the only ones trying to fend off pests and other complications of climate change.

"There are ways we can help wildlife be more resistant or adaptive to climate change," says Inkley. "For example, we can protect corridors of habitat, so that as habitats are shifting, the animals can move as well."

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MO