It’s summertime, and the living is easy—at least for Ixodes scapularis, the species of ticks now out in droves spreading Lyme disease throughout the Northeast, the mid-Atlantic, the West Coast, and the upper
And, as with many questions related to nature these days, the answer is because of climate change. A 2005 study by
At the time of writing, the scientists noted that
Scientists predict that a number of crises will result from global warming, from rising sea levels to widespread famine. An expansion of suitable habitat for ticks carrying Lyme disease might not seem as dramatic a consequence, but scholars and public health officials have already sounded the alarm. When new populations suffer the health problems associated with the disease, we won’t be able to say we weren’t warned.