11 Apr '18, 12pm

Rise in Mountain Plants Linked to Climate Change

Mountain plants are on the rise. The number of species on the highest European mountains has multiplied fivefold . Data gathered over 145 years from 302 peaks shows that the count of wild plants that have colonized the highest zones has increased five times faster than during a comparable decade 50 years ago. This may not, in the long run, be good news. The enriching of the high life is unequivocally linked to global warming : changes in precipitation, or in nutrient supplies, are not enough to account for the growth in alpine colonists. More than 50 scientists from Denmark, Norway, Germany, France, Austria, the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Spain and Slovakia reported in the journal Nature that such change has "potentially far-reaching consequences not only for biodiversity , but also for ecosystem functioning and services." The finding was possible because European bot...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/mountain-plants-climate-change-2...

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