25 Sep '12, 7pm

Climate Change Shifting US Plant Zones, Will Shift Pacific Ecosystems Hundreds of Miles

Climate Change Shifting US Plant Zones, Will Shift Pacific Ecosystems Hundreds of Miles

Two things in particular caught my eye today showing how climate change is already having a very tangible impact in the US and how it likely will have a potentially very serious impact on Pacific ecosystems. Let's start with what's happening right now: USDA /Public Domain Researchers from the City College of New York say that global warming has already made old USDA plant zone maps—used as a guideline as to what plants can grow where—already doesn't represent the new climate across the nation. The last time the USDA updated the map was in 1990, but the latest version, just updated, shows that over one-third of the US has shifted half a zone in the past 20 years and 20% has shifted a full zone. However, what CCNY assistant professor Nir Krakauer says is lacking in the new USDA map is some detail on how the US is warming, in that winters have warmed more than summers, with e...

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