Climate Change News, Wildflowers, Mountain High Elevation Ecosystem Loss


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 21 February 2018

 

ANTHROPOCENE
Wildflowers

Mountain High Elevation Ecosystem Loss

Climate warming causes local extinction of Rocky Mountain wildflower species,
University of Colorado at Boulder, February 21, 2018.

"...established a causal link between climate warming and the localized extinction of a common Rocky Mountain flowering plant, a result that could serve as a herald of future population declines."

"...found that warmer, drier conditions in line with future climate predictions decimated experimental populations of Androsace septentrionalis (Northern rock jasmine), a mountain wildflower found at elevations ranging from around 6,000 feet in Colorado's foothills to over 14,000 feet at the top of Mt. Elbert."

"The findings paint a bleak picture for the persistence of native flowering plants in the face of climate change and could serve as a herald for future species losses in mountain ecosystems over the next century."

 

 

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