09 Jan '12, 4pm

Mountain plants disappearing as the climate warms, scientists say #climate

09 Jan 2012: Mountain Plants Disappearing As The Climate Warms, New Study Says A new study says that a warming climate is having a more profound effect on the world’s mountain vegetation than previously believed and that some alpine meadows could vanish altogether within a few View photos Harald Pauli The alpine species Nevadensia purpurea decades. After comparing vegetation samples from 60 mountain summits in 13 European nations — collected in 2001 and then again in 2008 — a team of scientists found that cold-loving plants are being pushed out by plants that thrive in warmer temperatures. While earlier studies have made this conclusion at regional levels, researchers say this is the first time that the phenomenon has been shown on a continental scale. And they say it is happening more quickly than expected. “Many cold-loving species are literally running out of mountain,”...

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