19 Dec '11, 6pm

40% of Earth's Land To Undergo Major Ecosystem Change Due To Global Warming

40% of Earth's Land To Undergo Major Ecosystem Change Due To Global Warming

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released a stark, equal parts intriguing, exciting and terrifying, image of the predicted percentage of ecosystems throughout the world that will experience major changes due to global warming . That is, 40% of existing landscapes will experience a shift from one major ecosystem type to another—from forest to grassland or grassland to desert for example. Science Daily sums up:
 The model projections paint a portrait of increasing ecological change and stress in Earth's biosphere, with many plant and animal species facing increasing competition for survival, as well as significant species turnover, as some species invade areas occupied by other species. Most of Earth's land that is not covered by ice of desert is projected to undergo at least a 30% change in plant cover—changes that will require humans and animals to adapt and often relo...

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