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Climate change has led to shorter, milder winters because of longer growing seasons. Dormant insects are killed during the winter. If the winter is shorter, there might be larger, more damaging insect infestations in the growing seasons that follow.
It is predicted that climate change will lengthen the growing season in areas of high latitude, provided that adequate water resources are available. This might mean that ecosystems in these areas will thrive, and agricultural production could increase.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that as much as a third of all plant and animal species will be at risk of extinction if global temperatures climb more than 1.5-2.5 °C.
Higher temperatures can also increase the levels of pollen, mold spores, and airborne pollutants in the atmosphere. This lowers air quality, which can lead to an increase in cases of respiratory disease, asthma, and allergies.