Global Warming And Plants

Posted by aruna75 on Thu, Oct 22, 2009  
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It is not only melting of glaciers and break up of ice on rivers; even plant species are hit by global warming. Global warming has made its impact on flowers too.


New studies predict a difference in the flowering time by certain plants in certain climates by 2080. Studies point out that instead of blooming in spring, plants would bloom in the depths of winter. The plants would adapt to the local weather conditions. Earlier flowering of plants would be one of the effects of global warming.


Global warming has caused plants to move for the hills. Plants have taken a significant upward shift. A study of 171 forest species in Western Europe has shown that plants favor a higher and cooler area. So, there is change in the distribution of plants by altitude. Research shows that over the past decades plants have made a shift of 95 feet per decade. Ferns, herbs and mosses with short life cycle are the quickest to relocate. Long-lived plants such as trees cannot relocate faster, thereby their existence is threatened.


The botanical calendar would change in places like the American Atlantic Coast, Western Europe, Chile and North America.


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