March 2, 2009

Stuck in the mud: plants on death row in changing world

The vast majority of plants are unable to adapt to global warming. A study recently published in the journal “Nature,” led by Dr. Mike Crisp of the Australian National University, documented more than 11,000 species of plants on Earth, making it the largest research effort of its kind. In tracing the plants’ history from Australia, New Zealand, Africa and South America, Dr. Crisp and his colleagues found that less than 4 per cent had been able to shift to new habitats.

Our heartfelt appreciation, Dr. Crisp and associates, for your study of the effects of global warming on plant life. May its alarming implications awaken us to the urgency of acting now to protect our irreplaceable ecosphere.

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