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Audibleecoscience is a database of podcasts on subjects related to global change biology. It is designed as a resource for the general public and for educators looking to assign "required listening" to their students. Reviews of each podcast and links to the original source have been provided by students taking the IB107 class at the University of Illinois. The database is fully text searchable or you can browse on your favorite subject...
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Animal Life: Insects

Ecosystems 'Out Of Kilter'

Media Source: NPR
Program Name: Fresh Air
Show Name: Ecosystems 'Out Of Kilter'
Broadcast Year: 2012
Original Link: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/14/158756024/climate-weirdness-throws-ecosystems-out-of-kilter

"Climate change is having an immense effect on many aspects of our world. An example of a current effect from climate change is the spread of infectious diseases. Many infectious diseases are often carried by a host which usually is an animal, mosquito, or insect. As the climate warms around the world, their habitat range has increased which allows them to live in new regions that were previously too cold to live. For example, climate change will affect the disease distribution of mosquitoes as they will displace diseases such as malaria to non-native regions like New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This is just one example of how climate change affects disease distribution. Another example is the occurrence of West Nile during 2012; many part of the United States experienced increased occurrence of West Nile due to extreme temperatures which were caused by the drought. If increased temperature persists than many more fatal diseases that were sporadic in the United States, will be become more frequent. As these diseases become more frequent, they will have a larger affect since many individual in the United States are not immune and susceptible to serious illness or even death from these diseases. "


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