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Global warming threatens plant diversity

ScienceDaily (May 10, 2010)

Global warming threatens plant diversity

ScienceDaily (May 10, 2010)

In the coming decades, climate change is set to produce worldwide changes in the living conditions for plants. Thus today’s cool, moist regions could in future provide habitats for additional species, and in arid and hot regions the climatic prerequisites for a high degree of plant diversity will deteriorate.

Climate change will have a clear impact on plant diversity worldwide. Today’s cool and moist areas could in future offer habitats for additional species (green areas on the maps), in arid and hot regions the climatic prerequisites for a high species richness will deteriorate (orange-red areas on the maps). The illustration shows a comparison of the conservative 1.8°C scenario (IPCC B1) and a 4.0°C scenario (IPCC A1FI) which, if present climate policy is maintained, is clearly the more likely. Credit : Copyright University of Bonn

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