30 Jun '11, 12pm

Lost boys: In a warmer world, will males die sooner?

Lost boys: In a warmer world, will males die sooner?

Photo: CrazyMomLife.com Ask the victims of horrific flooding in Pakistan or raging wildfires in the Southwest what the consequences of climate change are, and they're likely to mention something personal, like a lost family member or damaged property. But a University of California-Berkeley study out this month shows that the impacts of climate change could be biological, too. Using 150-year-old Swedish family records and temperature data, public health professor Ralph Catalano and his colleagues suggest that rapid and wide temperature fluctuations (one of the expected effects [PDF] of climate change) could lead to shorter lifespans for some men. Generally, mothers are less likely to automatically miscarry male fetuses very early in gestation when it's warm, and more likely to do so when it's cold, because baby boys are more "frail" in early life than baby girls. But accor...

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