04 Jun '12, 2am

Global Warming's Unseen Effects on Plants and Butterflies | Care2 Causes

Global Warming's Unseen Effects on Plants and Butterflies | Care2 Causes

Many of the effects of climate change and global warming — such as the recent strangely snowless, mild winter on the East Coast — are too apparent. New research in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences (PNAS) entitled “Divergent responses to spring and winter warming drive community level flowering trends ” shows that wild plant species previously thought to be “stable” and to be unaffected by climate change are actually responding to it. Researchers from the University of California at Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) found that wild plants that had been thought to be resilient to the past 20 to 50 years’ warming trends because they did not bloom earlier were “actually responding to climate temperature change in a manner that is not as easily seen as in plants that exhibit earlier flowering in response to an advanc...

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