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Boreal Forests Expected To Shift Poleward
2013-05-06 04:58:49

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online What will happen to the climate in various parts of the world as the effects of global warming become amplified? Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new way to predict what will occur as temperatures rise across the Earth. The research, which was published in Sunday´s online edition of the journal Nature Geoscience, is anticipating major changes for boreal forests, which the authors...

New Research Suggests Climate Change Effect On Plant Communities Is Buffered By Large Herbivores
2013-02-20 15:00:34

Penn State Can existing ecological communities persist intact as temperatures rise? This is a question of increasing relevance in the field of climate change and is the focus of a new study to be published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of London on 20 February. The study suggests that the answer to this question may have as much to do with the biological interactions that shape communities as with the effects of climate change itself. The study's insights are based on...

2011-03-03 12:40:39

Imagine the vast, empty tundra in Alaska and Canada giving way to trees, shrubs and plants typical of more southerly climates. Imagine similar changes in large parts of Eastern Europe, northern Asia and Scandinavia, as needle-leaf and broadleaf forests push northward into areas once unable to support them. Imagine part of Greenland's ice cover, once thought permanent, receding and leaving new tundra in its wake. Those changes are part of a reorganization of Arctic climates anticipated to...

2008-08-03 03:00:13

TOOLIK LAKE, Alaska _ Ground here that for tens of thousands of years was frozen solid is terra firma no more. Across the tundra and coast of the Arctic Ocean, land is caving in. Soils loosed by freshly thawed earth set off a new era of rot, and of bloom _ dumping a bonanza of nutrients into a top-of-the-world environment that swirls from months of midnight sun to deep-freeze dark. Will nature channel the nourishment of this soil into a great flowering of plant life that soaks up...


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