Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Species Are Fleeing Climate Change Faster Than Previously Thought

In the largest study of its kind, researchers looking at the effects of temperature on over 2,000 species, have found that animals and plants are moving from their natural home ranges towards the cooler poles three times faster than was previously thought.  Species experiencing the greatest warming are moving the furthest. The British comma butterfly, for example, has moved 220km northward from central England to southern Scotland in just the last two decades. The study has found that on average organisms are moving at a rate of 17km per decade away from the equator and uphill by about 1m a year.
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