Half of Earth’s Vegetation Coverage Could Change by 2100

Half of Earth’s Vegetation Coverage Could Change by 2100 says a new study, reports Tim Radford at Climate News Network.  International researchers have looked at what the projected patterns of warming are likely to do to the planet’s mosaic of climate types. They predict dramatic changes. For example, 80-100% of the bamboo forests on which giant pandas depend could disappear, because the rising temperature would be “no longer feasible for bamboo growth.”  And that’s just a tiny part of the story… imagine the rest! As it is, a giant extinction of plants and animals is already underway as humanity destroys habitats to sustain our exploding populations, as Elizabeth Kolbert describes in her new book, The Sixth Extinction.

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Source

 

http://www.climatenewsnetwork.net/2014/02/half-of-plants-may-move-in-warmer-world/

http://e360.yale.edu/content/digest.msp?id=4078

 

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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