Weather Report for Cloud Forests: Death Ahead


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 19 April 2019

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS

Elfin Cloud Forest
Elfin cloud forest in the El Yunque National Forest of Puerto Rico, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, by María Rivera.
Elfin cloud forest in the El Yunque National Forest of Puerto Rico, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, by María Rivera.

 

Weather Report for Cloud Forests: Death Ahead

Neotropical Coud Forests to lose what most defines them: Clouds,
USDA Forest Service - Southern Research Station, April 17, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Cloud Forests
90% Gone by 2060
“If greenhouse gas emissions continue increasing as they have been, 90% of Western Hemisphere cloud forests would be affected as early as 2060. The current cloud and frost environment of the highly diverse alpine ecosystems above these equatorial cloud forests, known as páramo, will nearly disappear.”

Universal Cloud Reduction
“In Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, warming would reduce cloud immersion in 100% of cloud forests.”

Losers
"Monarch Butterflies"

"Elfin Woods Warbler"

New Info
“Before this research, studies from a handful of sites suggested that cloud immersion would increase in some cloud forests but decline in others.”

Nope. Declines Dominate
“This new study found that cloud immersion would increase for only about 1% of all Western Hemisphere cloud forests, in only a few regions of South America. Declines in cloud immersion would dominate.”

 

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