Thursday, January 29, 2009
Good story on study about climate crisis impact on invasive plants across Western US.
"The Princeton researchers used models of atmosphere and ocean circulation to predict the ways climates in the western U.S. will be changing by 2100. The results point to the need for governments to plan for climate changes including warming expected in the coming decades, the study said.
Losses to the global economy from intrusive plants, such as kudzu, a vine particularly prevalent in the southern U.S., may total about $1.4 trillion annually, according to a report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Global Invasive Species Program.
About three-quarters of the genetic diversity of crops have been lost over the last century and hundreds of the 7,000 registered animal breeds are threatened with extinction, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization."
Good background for upcoming Climate Impacts on NW Forests poster we're designing at Good Nature.
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