Study: Climate Change May Practically Sterilize Male Insects

This article discusses how Climate Change May Practically Sterilize Male Insects. Male reproductive damage under heat wave conditions could be contributing to biodiversity declines in the Anthropocene.

Climate change could reduce fertility rates in male insects by at least half, according to a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications. This is bad news for bugs and humans alike, because insects play a crucial role in pollinating our crops and stabilizing many of the food webs and ecosystems that we rely on.

Led by Kirs Sales, a postgraduate researcher at the University of East Anglia in the UK, the research found that increasingly intense heat waves pose a serious threat to the reproductive fitness of insects worldwide.

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