"Climate change is the biggest threat wildlife will face this century," says the report, Wildlife in a Warming World, released the National Wildlife Federation. "Shifting ranges for pests and disease-causing pathogens may have some of the most devastating impacts for wildlife and habitats. For example, warming ocean waters have enabled the outbreak of microbial disease in reef-building corals and pathogens of the eastern oyster. Mountain pine beetle outbreaks decimated trees on more than 26.8 million acres in western North America from 1997-2010."
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