Reports about global warming have been coming in all year and none of them have been good. Between the studies that have been warning people about the catastrophic events that are headed our way and the lectures that Al Gore has been giving all year, there are certainly lots of reasons to pay attention to the global climate and trying to find ways to fix the problem that has been building for years. But according to a new report, there may be yet another reason to pay attention to global warming that you may not have thought of.

According to new research released by Melanie Frazier, a doctoral student at the University of Washington, the rise in global temperature that global warming would cause would cause a very drastic increase in the insect population worldwide that could lead to quite horrific consequences were it not kept in check. Insects have higher metabolic rates and thus their population increases drastically in warming temperatures and climates and this could lead to a drastic population spike among various types of insects.

The increase in population would affect many different industries including the crop industries that might have to spend millions of more dollars a year on pesticides to protect their crops and diseases that are transmitted from insect to human such as Malaria or Lyme disease could become a much more deadly threat in the future.

While it is difficult if not impossible to figure out how long it will take the insect species of the world to adapt to warming temperatures and increase in number, the research shows that the population will not have to wait long. “We won’t have to wait long to find out. Insects adapt quickly, so we will likely see changes within our lifetime,” Frazier says.

Global Warming Could Trigger Insect Population Boom (Live Science)

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