Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Coming Plague

Rich benthic fauna and associated reef fish, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, which is expected to be one of the first places in the world to see prolonged, record-breaking heatwaves. (Credit: Keoki Stender, Click to enlarge.
A climate plague affecting every living thing will likely start in 2020 in southern Indonesia, scientists warned in the journal Nature.  A few years later the plague will have spread throughout the world’s tropical regions.

By mid-century no place on the planet will be unaffected, said the authors of the landmark study.

Amongst the biggest impacts the coming ‘climate plague’ will have is on food production, said Camilo Mora, an ecologist at University of Hawai‘i in Honolulu and lead author.

“In a globalised world, what happens in tropics won’t stay in the tropics,” he said.

This report provides a powerful metaphor and a different emphasis than an October 16 post here on this study.

The Coming Plague

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