Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Plants climate change

  • LONDON, May 2 (Reuters) - Plants are flowering faster than scientists predicted in response to climate change, research in the United States showed on Wednesday, which could have devastating knock-on effects for food chains and ecosystems.
  • (Huffington Post)
  • ScienceDaily (May 2, 2012) — Experiments may dramatically underestimate how plants will respond to climate change in the future.
  • (Science Daily)
  • The past mild winter in the United States brought spring flowers before Aprils showers, fueling concerns about how climate change might upset the synchrony between plants and the organisms they interact with.
  • (Science Now)
  • all of which affect the plants seasonal maturation, says the paper. From 1906 to 2005, global surface temperatures rose by 0.74 C (1.33 F), according to the UNs Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its 2007 Fourth Assessment Report.
  • (study - YAHOO!)
  • March 2012 was the warmest on record in the Midwest, with temperatures averaging 50.3 degrees, breaking the previous, 1910 record of 46.9 degrees, according to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center when it's safe to plant.
  • (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Scientific models are failing to accurately predict the impact of global warming on plants, says a new report. Researchers found in long-term studies that some are flowering up to eight times faster than models anticipate.
  • (BBC News)
  • Watery eyes, runny noses and puffy faces will abound this year as a warm winter, human development and climate change converge to create a brutal allergy season that will likely get worse for years to come, according to experts.
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  • Wolkovich said this suggests that long-term records are converging on a consistent average response, and that future plant and ecosystem responses to climate change may be much higher than estimated from experimental data alone.
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