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Hotter weather could make predators even more vicious

Climate change could throw off the balance of ecosystems


Imagine nature like a scale, with predators on one side and prey on the other. When too many lions are on the prowl, antelope dwindle in numbers. When too few lions roam the savanna, antelope flourish and decimate grasslands. The balance needs to be just right.

Scientists say that rising temperatures could tip the scale, disrupting the fragile equilibrium between predator and prey. Warmer temperatures could send appetites into overdrive, causing larger predators to wipe out smaller prey.

“The balance of nature

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