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Anthrax, Grasshoppers, Dying Clams Show North American Heat Toll

July 15, 2021, 11:00 AM

Swarms of hungry grasshoppers are leaving little food behind for grazing cattle, shellfish are baking in coastal waters, baby birds are falling from trees and dormant anthrax is reawakening to threaten sheep.

Such calamities are the result of a record heat wave and bone-dry conditions that gripped western North America in the past month, threatening animals and undermining the livelihood of farmers. What’s happening in parts of the U.S. and Canada shows the damage climate change is wreaking on agriculture.

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In Montana and Manitoba, hot and dry conditions have become such a boon for grasshoppers that they’re devouring pastures ...

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