17 Oct '11, 2pm

Climate change is making plants and insects shrink:

Here's a novel weight loss tip: Live on a planet whose global warming trend is so severe that you need to shrink in order to adapt. Oh, and it helps to be an insect, spider, plant, or marine creature. (Or a sheep. Evidently we already knew sheep were shrinking.) If you can manage that, you could be on your way to losing up to 22 percent of your body size, just from climate change! That's the finding of biology professor David Bickford, who found that increasing temperatures and limited water have made a number of plants and critters shrink in size. Bickford and colleague Jennifer Sheridan trawled through fossil records and dozens of studies which showed that many species of plants and creatures such as spiders, beetles, bees, ants and cicadas have shrunk over time in relation to climate change. They cited an experiment showing how shoots and fruit are 3 to 17 percent small...

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