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Insect Doctor: Balmy Weather Brings More Bugs

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March 14, 2012
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It's officially still winter, but many people are already enjoying spring-like temperatures. Bugs are taking advantage of the weather, too. Mosquitoes, tics, termites and ladybugs are on the rise. They're coming out of winter hibernation early. (March 14)


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Climate: Nicaragua Solar Dryers Instead of Drought

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Brazil's "Mutant" Mosquitoes Attack Disease

Brazil's "Mutant" Mosquitoes Attack Disease

France 24 (July 4, 2013) — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes will be released in Brazil over the next few months under an ambitious approach to tackle dengue fever, the world's fastest spreading tropical disease. Scientists have added a gene to the dengue-spreading insect which renders it capable of destroying its own species.
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White Nose Syndrome Threatens North American Bats

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AFP (Apr. 5, 2012) — The US bat population is in crisis. Over the past seven years, as many as 6.7 million North American bats have succumbed to white nose syndrome, an illness caused by an invasive fungus that originated in Europe. Conservationists warn the loss of these vital insect-eating creatures could have a huge, and costly, impact on US agriculture.
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