Climate Change Effects Could Be Measured By Hungry Arctic Beetles

That's kind of clever. I always thought of climate change in terms of dangerous invasive species from south of the border (think killer bees, various tics, mussels). But simply looking at beetle communities can help gauge the changes in the Artic. Very cool.

The study showed the Arctic beetles are abundant in number and diverse in feeding habits, it also revealed a strong link between what they eat and the latitude in which they are found. These insights suggest the beetles could act as climate change markers because changes in climate can influence the soil, plant life, and animals that they feast on. A team of researchers identified 460 different species of Arctic beetles in locations spanning from boreal forest in Northern Ontario to Ellesmere Island.