Wildlife, plants feeling the heat

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Published on: August 16, 2016

Belleville Intelligencer / Luke Hendry / 12 August 2016

John SmolMore heat and less rainfall this summer are stressing plants, animals and people and could lead to less wildlife as the drought continues, authorities say.

Conditions since May have been unusually hot and dry in southern Ontario, the Montreal area, southern New Brunswick and southwestern Nova Scotia. A heat warning remained in effect here Friday.

Humans are feeling it, but plants and animals are also showing signs of stress.

Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips told The Intelligencer this week it’s clear Earth is getting warmer and that more abnormally-hot summers, though not necessarily consecutive ones, are on the way.

“It really has ramifications all through the ecosystem,” said Dr. John Smol, the Canada Research Chair in environmental change and a Queen’s University biology professor.