Will higher temperatures and new rainfall patterns allow strange new diseases to move in, threatening humans and wildlife?
In some parts of Sweden ticks carry some rather unpleasant diseases – Borelia, or Lyme Disease, which is a bacteria, and TBE which is a particularly nasty virus.
Reports are coming now of these tick-borne diseases moving into new areas. And not only do they affect people, they also affect pets like dogs and cats, as well as farm animals.
Related stories from around the Arctic:
Canada: The effects of climate change on human health in the North, Radio Canada International
Finland: Climate change affecting Finland’s Arctic hares, Yle News
Sweden: Farming, forestry and climate change in Sweden, Radio Sweden
United States: Changing sea ice may be spreading diseases among mammals, Alaska Dispatch