Climate Change News, Wildflowers, Mountain High Elevation Ecosystem Loss

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 21 February 2018



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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