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Climate change impacts greater at lower elevations

Posted on Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 12:45PM by Registered CommenterLinda McMillan | Comments Off

A recent news release from US Geological Service contains very important information about how climate changes affect mountains. Their findings were surprising to them, and offer good guidance for mountain stakeholders.

“This study shows the possibility for successfully predicting specific ecosystem responses to climate change,” said USGS scientist Jim Grace. “We are not accustomed to predicting the behavior of complex ecological systems, yet this is exactly what our responsibilities to future generations require of us.”

"We were surprised to find such clear signals of climate change in these plant communities, given all the other ecological changes that may be going on in the region, such as logging and fire suppression,” said University of California at Davis professor Susan Harrison."

Here is a link to the full press release

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