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Climate Change Is Turning the Heat Up Higher at Night Time

A nocturnal slow loris. Species that are only active at night or during the day will be particularly affected.

A nocturnal slow loris. Species that are only active at night or during the day will be particularly affected.

Photographer: Ed Wray/Getty Images 

Nights are warming at a faster rate than daytime temperatures across vast swathes of the globe, potentially impacting weather patterns and making it more difficult for life to adapt to climate change.

Those are the conclusions published Thursday by scientists in the journal Global Change Biology. Asymmetry in warming between night and day carries consequences for plant and wildlife, with potential to change how energy is consumed in markets.