Hiking Hazards: Ticks and Poison Ivy
While scientists are confident that being outside reduces the risk of transmitting coronavirus, there are still some threats to be aware of when in the great outdoors. Among them are ticks and poison ivy ー and both may be getting worse due to climate change.
Rising temperatures are associated with faster tick development and population growth, allowing ticks to become active earlier in the year and spread to areas that were once too cold.
Another component of climate change, elevated levels of CO2, have been shown to stimulate the growth of larger, more toxic poison ivy plants. In order to maintain healthy ecosystems and healthy societies, we must work towards stabilizing our climate by lowering emissions.