Holy Hornets, Batman! Thumb-Sized Insects Getting More Aggressive, Fatal As China Warms

Giant Asian hornets are becoming aggressive and fatal as China warms reports Ryan Koronowski at Climate Progress. Recently, these hornets have killed more than two dozen people in China, the result of bizarre weather patterns there that have allowed the bugs to proliferate. This summer, China suffered through massive record-breaking heat waves. This has lead to dozens of heatstroke deaths, and, now, increasingly aggressive giant insects. Attacks by giant hornets have left hundreds injured and 28 people dead, mostly in northwest China. Some reported being chased for hundreds of meters and stung, some up to 200 times, by swarms of the insects traveling 25 mph. A sting from the hornet’s quarter-inch-long stinger feels like a “hot nail through my leg,” according to a victim. The venom contains a human tissue-dissolving enzyme; too much of it can also bring renal failure or death. This year, fatalities from hornet attacks are twice the normal average. Hornets have attacked people in previous years, but a health official said that this year was “unusually severe, possibly because of weather changes.” Experts say that the hornets breed more successfully in warmer temperatures.

Check out amazing pics of this creature at my latest huffington post column, Climate Change This Week.

 

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Source

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/09/28/2696221/thumb-sized-hornets-attack-warming-2/

 

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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One Response to Holy Hornets, Batman! Thumb-Sized Insects Getting More Aggressive, Fatal As China Warms

  1. cartoonmick says:

    In regard to climate change scientists and governments, the problem is, those with expertise have no power, and those with power have no expertise.

    Greed will always blind, and governments are easily swayed by blind power.

    Governments are voted in by the people to govern “for” the people, not “for” big business.

    This cartoon refers; http://cartoonmick.wordpress.com/editorial-political/#jp-carousel-775

    Cheers

    Mick

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