Recent climate change research
This page brings you links to the latest research from academia and botanic gardens on how climatic changes are impacting plant species and ecosystems.
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Argentina's forests dwindle: biodiversity at riskInterplay between climate change, environmental modification and deforestation made clear as Argentina loses its forests at a rate of more than 829,000 hectares a year (mainly where agriculture is pushing into native forests) leaving nearly 40% of animal and plant species in danger.
Forest resiliance, biodiversity and climate changeThe Secretariat of the CBD has launched a synthesis report on the biodiversity/resilience/stability relationship in forest ecosystems. The report strongly supports the conclusion that the capacity of forests to resist change, or recover following disturbance, is dependent on biodiversity.
Species migration as climate warmsWith global warming pushing some animals and plants to the brink of extinction, conservation biologists are now saying that the only way to save some species may be to move them.
Amazon carbon sourceResearchers have found that, for a period in 2005, the Amazon rainforest actually slipped into reverse gear and started to emit more carbon than it absorbed.
New thinking to tackle old problemsThe best way to mitigate climate change and gain food security is to support small-scale, ecological farming, scientists and economists said at the IFAD Governing Council in Rome. This would be a turnaround from international agricultural strategies which promote monocropping and biotechnologies.
Lessening transpiration could increase warmingBy losing less water, plants could worsen warming in a high-CO2 world, finds a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters. Stomata close under elevated CO2 concentrations, returning less water to the atmosphere through transpiration.
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