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Now it turns out the same effect but caused by stronger heat waves driven by climate change may be behind huge declines in insect numbers, scientists said in a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.They found that male red flour beetles exposed to a heat wave in the lab had half the expected number of offspring, and that exposure to a second heat wave, 10 days later, virtually sterilized the males.Gage's team believes that may be linked to an increasing number of heat waves over those decades a concern for the planet's biodiversity and potentially for would-be parents as climate change brings hotter, longer heat waves.Could doctors one day issue alerts warning would-be parents to avoid conceiving during heat waves, to avoid potential genetic damage?
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