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How Does Climate Change Affect Plants?
Historical climate change has had a profound effect on current biogeography, so we can expect our ongoing and rapid climate change, to have as great an effect. Climate change has important implications for nearly every aspect of life on Earth, and effects are already being felt.
Effects on Plant Diversity
Examples of Plants Threatened by Climate Change
Visit the plants listed below to discover examples of plants already threatened by climate change.
Bluebells - under threat from warmer springs
Bluebell woods are a traditional and distinctive feature of British landscapes, but the British bluebell is threatened by climate change, excaberated by other threats.
The Quiver Tree - threatened by encroaching desert
In the Northern Cape, findings from one study strongly suggest that the range of Aloe dichotoma has begun to respond to climate-induced stress, indicating that biodiversity in the region may be under threat from climate change.
Coco de Mer
Coco de mer is an amazing plant, and its giant seeds (the largest in the plant kingdom) have long fascinated humans. Unfortunately it is under threat by over-collection, alien invasive species, and increasing frequency of fires, which will be exacerbated by climate change.
Platathera leucophaea is a North American threatened orchid that is vulnerable to drought. Its largest populations are centered in Illinois, but numbers have droppped steeply in the last few years, as the climate has been warmer and drier.
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The No-nonsense Guide to Climate Change (Dinyar Godrej, 2001)
This easy to read overview of climate change sifts scientific theory from scientific fact and presents the impacts on health, farming and wildlife, along with an analysis of political negotiations on the issue and potential solutions to it.